Antonio Conte has been banned from Tottenham’s dugout and dressing room for Tuesday’s Champions League decider in Marseille. The manager was sent off by referee Danny McAleley in the closing stages of Wednesday’s match Draw 1-1 at home to Sporting Lisbon was sent off for his protests after Harry Kane’s strike in stoppage time.
UEFA confirmed that it will impose the sanction set out in the disciplinary rules, which state that “a player or official sent off from the field of play and/or its immediate surroundings, including the technical area, is automatically suspended from the next match of the competition in which the sending off occurred”.
Conte will not just be absent from the touchline in Marseille, where Spurs need a draw to progress to the last 16. He will not be allowed to contact his players at the Stade Velodrome before or during the game and will have to sit in the standing position.
The regulation reads: “A team manager/coach or other team official who is removed or suspended from his duties may not be in the technical area or communicate directly with the team’s players and/or technical staff during the match… In addition, , a team manager/coach or any other team official who is suspended from his duties may not enter the locker room or tunnel before or during a match.”
Further punishment could come for Conte when McEly reports on the Group D match. A win would see Spurs qualify for the knockout stages.
Conte was still seething when he spoke afterwards and UEFA may also investigate him post-match comments. During his brief press conference, he accused VAR of being dishonest and causing “a lot of damage” and insisted he would not have disallowed Kane’s goal if it had been the “main team in an important game” before walking out after one question.