Antonio Conte apologises for sending off during Chelsea's 1-0 win over Swansea

Frustrated Conte sent off during Chelsea 1-0 win over Swansea

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was sent to the stands by referee Neil Swarbrick after a few protests with fourth official Lee Mason on the sideline.

This is the first time the former Juventus manager has been sent to the stands as Chelsea manager, and admitted his mistake.

"I saw that the opponent was wasting time and that is the reason I spoke a few times with the fourth official," he told Sky Sports.

"I didn't see that the situation change and I was frustrated with the fourth official. For this reason, I have to apologise to him and the referee. In that moment, I was angry but I know that is it right to apologise to them.

"It is fair, I don't know, but I know that the referee took this decision and for this reason, we have to accept and respect his decision.

"It is not simple sometimes during the game, there is a lot of frustration but at the same time, I think that you can make a mistake and I did this.

"Our job is not simple. Our job is to stay on the touchline and to suffer with your players. You can't play and for this season, it is very difficult to sometimes keep calm."

Antonio Rudiger scores in Chelsea 1-0 victory over Swansea
Antonio Rudiger celebrates his first Premier league goal for Chelsea. Picture credit: Premier League.

Antonio Rudiger scored the only goal of the match in the 55th minute, and Conte said he was satisfied with the win as he watched the second half from his office.

"The performance was positive because, in this type of game, it is very good to score early otherwise you must be prepared to suffer," he added.

"You must not lose your balance, you must not give away a counter-attack and in this case, we played a good game and created many chances to score. I think Swansea's goalkeeper was the best on the pitch. It was a good win.

"In this type of game, it is important to score another goal. You are more relaxed, but with only 1-0, we didn't suffer, but you have to pay attention until the end."

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