Community Shield 2017: Conte criticizes referee for Chelsea’s loss to Arsenal


Chelsea manager, Antonio Conte, has said that while he respects referee Bobby Madley’s decisions in the Community Shield, they left him angry.

The Premier League champions lost out against Arsenal at Wembley on Sunday, after goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and new signing Alvaro Morata both missed in a penalty shootout, after the match ended 1-1.

Willian was booked in the first half for diving, while Pedro received a straight red card late in the second half after catching the heel of Mohamed Elneny with his studs.

“For sure there is a disappointment to finish for the second time with 10 men against Arsenal: first the FA Cup and now the Community Shield,” Conte said at his postmatch news conference.

“Honestly I didn’t see the images [for Pedro’s red card] and I didn’t see also the yellow card for Willian. A lot of people told me the penalty was clear and for sure there is a bit of frustration but we have to respect the referee’s decision, but sometimes these decisions make you a bit angry.

“He [the referee] tried to explain to me about his decision but there wasn’t time because I also wanted to ask him why there wasn’t the penalty and the yellow card to Willian but then we would have stayed to speak until 9.00 p.m.

“But I repeat we must accept this decision. But it’s for the second time: In the FA Cup there was also a controversial decision against us,” Conte said afterwards.

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