Antonio Conte believes that a number of Brighton players deserved a second yellow during their home defeat in the Premier League. Spurs failed to register a single shot on target as they lost to a Leandro Trossard goal in the 90th minute. Dejan Kulusevski was only shown a yellow card after he swung an elbow at Marc Cucurella in the first half while Enock Mwepu was not shown a second yellow for a high boot challenge.
“Sometimes I think the referee has to pay more attention to protect players. I understand you go and you take the ball but if you go to take the half ball and half body and you make damage to the player, it’s not the same. I think for the safety of the player, the referee has to pay great attention, to understand,” Antonio Conte said after losing to Brighton. “If you go to take the ball but when you take the ball and the body and you make damages to your opponent, I think you have to make a big punishment. I was a player, I know the way to do it. If I want to make a problem, an opponent an injury, I find the right time to go for the ball and the total body. I was a player, I know this! Instead, to take only the ball, I go the ball… but he has taken the ball, yeah but he broke the leg also [referring to Cash].”
“It’s normal if you are playing and you know that you can get one point – at the end, they got three points – you understand sometimes you have to lose the intensity of the game and with a player to stay lying down,” he added. “But I think the referees, they have to try to give continuity and don’t break the intensity of the game with fake injuries.”