Tottenham boss Antonio Conte calls FA charge 'soft' after two furious bust-ups with Chelsea counterpart Thomas Tuchel | The Sun
ANTONIO CONTE branded the FA charge for his double bust-up with Thomas Tuchel as "soft".
The Tottenham manager, 53, twice scrapped with Tuchel on the touchline at Stamford Bridge on Sunday as tempers boiled over.
Anthony Taylor booked the pair for the first furious clash and then brandished red cards when they squared up after the full-time whistle in the pulsating 2-2 draw.
They were both slapped with a charge of breaching FA Rule E3 on Monday.
But Conte hit back at the FA today in his press conference ahead of Saturday's Premier League game against Wolves.
The Italian blasted: "I see that the FA made us, both coaches, more soft charge, no? And we have to accept.
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"We have to accept and have respect for every decision.
"But I think sometimes this type of situation can happen.
"It's not the first time, it won't be the last time that two coaches are not in the right way or do not agree.
"But the most important thing is we have to move on, to have respect for each other. And for me, the situation finishes there."
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Tuchel was furious Conte did not give him eye contact as they shook hands.
Then on social media, the Spurs chief ramped up the tension even further by joking he should have tripped up his counterpart when the German went sprinting down the touchline to celebrate Reece James' goal.
But the former Blues boss admitted he needs to display "passion" on the sidelines.
Conte, who will find out tomorrow if he has got a touchline ban, added: "I put passion in my job, in my work.
"If you put passion, you have to give everything.
"My demands of the players is to work very hard and improve the tactical aspect.
"I think in my team, I try to transfer my passion. I try to transfer the desire to win and to fight in the best way.
"For sure, if we want to win, we have to be ready to fight in every game.
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"The right spirit, it means that during the game, in a sporting way, is how you live or how you die.
"If you live, it means your opponent died. If you died, it means your opponent won the game."
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