‘I think there are two sides to it’: Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel expects to serve touchline ban against Leicester this weekend after clash with Antonio Conte but is finding it ‘hard to accept’ the Spurs boss won’t
- Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is unlikely to be on touchline for Leicester clash
- The Blues’ boss confirmed that he is set to be absent from sidelines on Saturday
- Tuchel was hit with a ban and a fine following his skirmish with Antonio Conte
- The German boss admitted that he was finding the ban ‘hard to accept’
Thomas Tuchel says he expects to serve his touchline ban against Leicester tomorrow but believes Antonio Conte should face one too.
Tuchel was hit with the ban along with a £35,000 fine following his post-match touchline clash following Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham boss Conte which resulted in both managers being banned.
Conte was only handed a £15,000 fine with Tuchel deemed the more responsible party in the flashpoint by an FA independent commission.
Thomas Tuchel believes that he will be absent from dugout during Blues’ game with Leicester
The Chelsea manager was hit with a touchline ban following his clash with Antonio Conte
Chelsea had the ban temporarily suspended while they awaited the written reasons from the independent panel which were publicised on Wednesday and were, on Friday afternoon, awaiting confirmation of Tuchel’s fate having replied with a response of their own.
Tuchel said: ‘I don’t think so [he will be on the sidelines] but it’s not 100 per cent sure.
‘We answered [after the written reasons]. We wait for the final answer but I don’t think it will change something. In the moment I think I will be banned from the touchline. That’s it. We are trying to have the best solution which we will have, it will not be an excuse.
‘I think we can do the same as always because I can arrive in the stadium and be in the changing room for sure. It feels like I cannot be in the sidelines but we need to wait for the final answer today.’
The German boss added that the ban for his actions in the Spurs game was ‘hard to accept’
On the differing sanctions handed to each manager, Tuchel said: ‘My understanding was that we both had our impact in this situation and both got sent off. I can understand that I get a ban, I get a fine.
‘What I don’t understand is that the other coach does not get the same punishment. Is hard to understand for me.
‘I think there are two sides to it. The one side is that I got the red card and behaved in a way which is not appropriate and which I regret, but it was out of passion. It was not too aggressive, it was out of passion. I can accept if I get a red card during the match – if this is the decision – I have a touchline ban and am fined. This is one side to it, I don’t dispute it and accept it.
‘What’s hard to accept is the context. I don’t think I started the aggression, it started earlier. I don’t think I was the only person involved; we both got a red card. A player pulled another player by its hair two minutes earlier. He can play on, he is not banned. For a firm handshake at the end of the match, one coach is banned. This is very hard to accept but I have accept it. Putting it into context, I cannot understand.’