‘I don’t understand’ – Thomas Tuchel questions why Conte escaped touchline ban

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Thomas Tuchel
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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has questioned why Antonio Conte has escaped a touchline ban following the recent incident between the pair.

During the recent 2-2 draw between Chelsea and Tottenham at Stamford Bridge the pair were involved in two separate spats after the north Londoners came from behind to steal a point in injury time courtesy of a Harry Kane header.

After the full time whistle was blown, the managers shook hands, but Tuchel held onto Conte, annoyed that his opposite number had apparently refused to look him in the eye (Optus Sport).

Both managers were charged earlier this week with breaching FA Rule E3 and have now received their respective punishments.

Tuchel was fined £35,000 and given a one-match touchline ban having been described as being “largely culpable” for the clash, while Conte was fined £15,000 but avoided a touchline ban (Guardian).

Speaking ahead of Chelsea’s match against Leicester City tomorrow, Tuchel admitted he did not understand why Conte had not been handed the same punishment as himself, he told the Evening Standard’s Nizaar Kinsella: “My understanding was that we both had our impact in this situation and that we both get sent off. I understand my ban and fine but I don’t understand that the other coach doesn’t get the same punishment.”

 

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