Antonio Conte has dismissed suggestions Chelsea could face a points deduction for their conduct against Manchester City.
Diego Costa’s fifth goal in six games secured the Blues’ ninth consecutive Premier League win on Sunday, a gritty 1-0 home victory over West Brom.
It has been reported though that Chelsea face the prospect of becoming the first side to be docked points over disciplinary issues since Arsenal and Manchester United in 1990, for their conduct following a mass brawl at the Etihad Stadium on December 3.
Blues manager Conte entirely rejected the notion though, insisting he has been at pains for Chelsea to clean up their act. “Are you joking? Are you joking?” asked Conte when quizzed on the prospect of Chelsea being docked Premier League points.
City players Sergio Aguero and Fernandinho were sent off in the melee that followed Chelsea’s win in the north-west. Aguero’s horror tackle on David Luiz sparked the unrest, that could now see Chelsea losing points for the on-pitch scuffles.
Both Manchester City and Chelsea were charged with failing to control their players. And the Blues’ fifth such charge in 19 months could now see the FA imposing a points deduction.
“For me, if you are involved in a situation and the fault is not your one, you must pay? Why? I don’t understand this,” said Conte.
“Manchester City and Chelsea, at the end of the game, my players tried to keep their calm. I don’t understand this. I repeat, I don’t understand this.
3″We are trying to improve in all aspects, also (in) this (area). For this reason, I reply: you must be joking. You must be honest and understand which team is at fault.
“We had a bad record in the past, but now we are different. I think that, in every game, you fight a lot during 90 minutes and, when the referee whistles at the end, it’s important to finish. 3
“I don’t know what happened in the past. I know what happened in the present. “For this reason, I ask if you are joking or not. After the game between City and Chelsea, you could see very clearly that my players tried to keep their calm.”