FA charges Tuchel, Conte with improper behavior for scuffle

AP , Monday 15 Aug 2022

Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Conte have been charged by the Football Association with improper behavior for their scuffle at Stamford Bridge following Sunday's match between Chelsea and Tottenham.

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Tottenham Hotspur s Italian head coach Antonio Conte (R) and Chelsea s German head coach Thomas Tuchel (L) shake hands then clash after the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge in London on August 14, 2022. AFP

The managers went head-to-head after the final whistle of a feisty 2-2 draw when the traditional handshake went awry, setting off pushing and shoving. Both coaches were shown red cards.

The FA said Monday that Chelsea's Tuchel and Tottenham's Conte have been charged with breaching a rule regarding conduct, which could lead to suspensions.

``It is alleged that the behavior of both managers was improper following the end of the fixture,`` the FA said.

The managers have until Thursday to respond.

Tuchel could also to find himself in trouble for incendiary comments about the referee, too.

Most of the post-match focus was on the angry exchanges between Tuchel and Conte during and after the game. However, Tuchel also turned on referee Anthony Taylor in his post-match news conference, saying ``maybe it would be better'' if Taylor no longer officiated games involving Chelsea.

Asked about a view held by some fans that Taylor has a history of decisions against Chelsea, Tuchel said: ``I don't think just some of the fans think that. I can assure you the whole dressing room of us, every single person, thinks that.''

The FA will look into those comments and even Tuchel raised the likelihood of being ``punished'' for speaking out against Taylor.

Tuchel was unhappy that an apparent foul by Tottenham's Rodrigo Bentancur on Chelsea's Kai Havertz was missed by the officials prior to Tottenham's equalizer. He also was surprised Tottenham defender Cristian Romero wasn't penalized for pulling the hair of Chelsea's Marc Cucurella at the corner before Harry Kane's second Tottenham equalizer in the sixth minute of stoppage time.

Tuchel described it as a ``huge, huge misinterpretation of situations.''

Meanwhile, Conte used his Instagram account to continue his feud with Tuchel that exploded after Tottenham made it 1-1, with Conte celebrating Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg's 68th-minute goal by going up to Tuchel and barging into his chest, sparking a melee among the coaching staff and substitutes.

Then, after the final whistle, as Tuchel and Conte shook hands on the field, Tuchel seemed to not let go of his grip and intimated that Conte look him in the eyes. They squared up again and shouted in each others' faces.

In his post on his Instagram account, Conte included a photo of Tuchel running past him to celebrate the goal from Reece James that put Chelsea 2-1 ahead, and wrote alongside it: ``Lucky I didn't see you... making you trip over would have been well deserved...'' and followed that with three cry-laughing emojis.

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