By Keith Hackett

7th Nov, 2022 | 5:00pm

Ex-Fifa official: Antonio Conte deserves extended ban as Tottenham 'punch' footage emerges

Antonio Conte should have been sent off as Tottenham lost 2-1 to Liverpool on Sunday (6 November), according to Keith Hackett.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee claimed Conte should have seen red for “punching” a ball out of Pep Lijnders’ hands during the second half.

With Tottenham chasing an equaliser with 20 minutes to go the 53-year-old confronted Lijnders in the Liverpool technical area.

As a result, he was shown a yellow card by referee Andy Madley.

It comes just weeks after he was shown a red card for his angry reaction to Spurs having a goal disallowed in their 1-1 draw with Sporting (26 October).

He served a one-game European ban and watched from the stands as his side beat Marseille 2-1 last week (1 November).

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Conte has done his punishment, one game, and has it improved his behaviour? Well, he got a yellow card on Sunday,” Hackett said after analysing the footage with Football Insider‘s Connor Whitley.

“He went to the opposition’s technical area and punched the ball out of a coach’s hand. What is that all about?

“When you look at that, was the yellow card the right outcome? What’s he doing in the opponent’s technical area? That’s likely to incite a problem and I think he’s lucky to avoid a red card.

“The red cards are not a deterrent for managers. £30,000 is a lot of money to you and I but to the managers, it’s peanuts. It’s not in context and bares no relation to their reality.

“Make their life inconvenient. That’s quite clear. They are suspended for a minimum of one game, do it again and it’s two games and so on. It’s logical.

“Instead they write a warning then they might fine them then they might ban them.”

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