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Conte sent to the stands for arguing decision

The Chelsea boss was booted from the touchline after an extreme reaction to one of referee Neil Swarbrick’s decisions.

Antonio Conte has managed a first in his career as Chelsea manager in his side’s match against Swansea — a trip to the stands.

Conte took exception to a call made by referee Neil Swarbrick late in the first half and, after screaming at fourth official Lee Mason, was told he could watch the rest of match away from the touchline.

Assistant Angelo Alessio took over for the remainder of the contest.

With the game scoreless in the 42nd minute, Chelsea attacker Willian appeared to have his cross deflected out off a Swansea defender Alfie Mawson for a corner.

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However, Swarbrick awarded a goal kick instead, believing the ball came off Chelsea’s Pedro.

That prompted a heated exchange between the Chelsea boss and Mason. That was enough to earn Conte a seat in the stands at Stamford Bridge for the rest of the match.

Chelsea previously had a couple of penalty shouts turned down earlier in the contest as well.

The game was still scoreless when it went to half-time.

Chelsea are looking to both keep pace with Manchester United in second and close that gap back down to three points while also making sure they stay in front of fourth-place Arsenal, who sat a point behind the Blues coming into play Wednesday.

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