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Chelsea boss Conte accepts FA misconduct charge

Antonio Conte was sent to the stands in the first half of his side's victory over Swansea City. Credit: PA

Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte intends to accept a Football Association charge of misconduct following his dismissal against Swansea on Wednesday.

The Italian was sent to the stands by referee Neil Swarbrick towards the end of the first half of Chelsea's 1-0 victory after furiously protesting the award of a Swansea goal-kick.

He later apologised to Swarbrick and fourth official Lee Mason but was charged on Thursday.

He has until 6pm on Tuesday to respond but does not plan to contest the charge and will accept the punishment, which is anticipated to be a fine.

Speaking ahead of Saturday's Premier League clash with Newcastle, Conte said: "I think it's right to accept and to pay the fine.

"I want to respect this decision and also to pay this fine."

While accepting the decision, Conte believes Swarbrick must learn from it too.

Conte added: "I also want the referee to learn something about his. For me Swansea was wasting time.

"In this case the referee has to try to protect the team that want to win, want to play football.

Andre Villas-Boas quits football for 2018 Dakar Rally

Andre Villas-Boas managed both Spurs and Chelsea in the Premier League. Credit: PA

Former Chelsea and Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas will contest the Dakar Rally in 2018 after quitting as manager of Chinese side Shanghai SIPG.

Villas-Boas, whose uncle took part in the event in 1982, will drive a Toyota Hilux in the 15-day rally which starts in Peru on January 6 and travels through Bolivia before finishing in Argentina on January 20.

The 40-year-old motorsport enthusiast considered tackling the gruelling race on a motorbike, but was persuaded to switch to the Hilux pick-up and will have fellow Portuguese Ruben Faria as his co-driver.

"I spoke with my friend Alex Doringer, the manager of the KTM team, who told me that I would still need a full year's preparation to get there and that it was better to consider doing it with a car," Villas-Boas said.

"So I got in touch with Team Overdrive and here I am!"

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