Antonio Conte banned from Tottenham Hotspur dugout for UCL clash against Marseille
Antonio Conte has been banned from the Tottenham Hotspur dugout when his side takes on Marseille next Tuesday in their final group-stage game of the Champions League.
The Italian manager saw a red card from referee Danny Makkelie in the match against Sporting CP last night. It happened following his protests against the decision to overturn Harry Kane‘s injury-time winner to snatch all three points.
According to The Guardian, UEFA have now confirmed, that it would impose the sanction spelt out in its disciplinary regulations which states: “a player or an official sent off from the field of play and/or its immediate surrounds, including the technical area, is automatically suspended for the next match of the competition in which the expulsion occurred.”
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Conte will also not be allowed to make contact with his players at the Stade Velodrome before or during the game and will have to sit in the stand. This could put us at a tactical disadvantage in a crucial game.
Kane thought he had won the game for his side with the last kick of the game. However, the referee went to check the goal with VAR after he had blown the full-time whistle. Subsequently, the goal was ruled out for offside and the game ended 1-1.
The denial of a victory means Spurs now need one point against their French opponent in the last group-stage game to move on to the next round. Had the referee not overturned the goal, the north London club would have already qualified.
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Also, there is a possibility that Conte could be handed further penalties once the referee has submitted his match report of the fixture. It remains to be seen what, if any punishment is handed to the Tottenham boss.