Tottenham boss Antonio Conte to accept FA charge for Thomas Tuchel spat but expects no touchline ban

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Tottenham boss Antonio Conte to accept FA charge for Thomas Tuchel spat but expects no touchline ban

Tottenham head coach Antonio Conte says he will accept the Football Association charge of improper conduct for his spat with Thomas Tuchel on Sunday but expects to be on the touchline for this weekend's visit of Wolves.

Conte and his Chelsea counterpart Tuchel were both hit with a charge this week after being sent off after the conclusion of Spurs' 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge.

The pair squared up after Tuchel appeared to refuse to let go of Conte's hand during the post-match handshake, minutes after Harry Kane's stoppage-time equaliser.

They have until Thursday tonight to respond to the charge and an independent commission is expected to determine a punishment before this weekend's fixtures, with a touchline ban among the possible sanctions.

"I see that the FA made us, both coaches, more soft charge," Conte told a press conference.

"And we have to accept. We have to accept and have respect for every decision. But I think sometimes this type of situation can happen. It's not the first time, it won't be the last time that two coaches are not in the right way or do not agree. But the most important thing is we have to move on, to have respect for each other. And for me, the situation finishes there."

Asked if he expected to be on the touchline against Wolves, Conte added: "I hope so. I think that it's right, it's right to stay in my place.

"Then I repeat for sure after this type of situation you can learn a lot but at the same time I think that for many situations I was really good to keep calm and don't have an excessive reaction in the situation."