Tottenham’s boss, Antonio Conte is expected to be out when Tottenham faces Marseille in the final group game of the Champions League due to a touchline ban after being shown a red card in the match against Sporting Lisbon.
Conte was given his marching orders by Dutch referee Danny Makkelie for his outburst after VAR disallowed Harry Kane’s game-winning goal against Sporting Lisbon.
The Italian boss was initially unaware of this and learned in his press conference that he will be in the stands against Marseille.
When asked if he thought it was fair that he would receive a ban, while Liverpool manager only received a fine for his ejection against Manchester City in the Premier League, the Italian said: “I repeat, if there is this type of rule in place, then the referee should [pay] more attention. I can only say this.”
“It’s a pity, especially because I didn’t insult anyone, and [the red card was] only because I came on the pitch. So to not only to be banned for an important game like this but to be banned only, for this reason, I think it is too much.”
“I hope next time, what happened to me, other referees pay more attention or understand the emotional moments and make the best decision, which is a yellow card. If you book me with a yellow card, it’s okay, you show me that [I] cannot come onto the pitch.”
“But now, it’s the past. We have to make sure my players and my staff are ready to face the situation in the best possible way.”