'Unacceptable': Premier League fans fume over 'disgraceful' scenes

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Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Conte were given red cards after their explosive post-game altercation. Pic: Getty/Sky Sports
Thomas Tuchel and Antonio Conte were given red cards after their explosive post-game altercation. Pic: Getty/Sky Sports

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel and his Tottenham counterpart Antonio Conte have been condemned across the football world after their ugly post-match altercation in the English Premier League.

Both men were sent off in an explosive aftermath to an already ill-tempered 2-2 draw between the Premier League heavyweights at Stamford Bridge.

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Harry Kane's header deep into stoppage time rescued a point for Spurs, as both sides kept their unbeaten starts to the season alive.

Tuchel and Conte had already clashed during a spicy affair between the London rivals, but it was an explosive incident between the rival managers after the final whistle, that left viewers in disbelief.

As Tuchel and Conte shook hands on the field after the final whistle, the German appeared to keep hold of the Italian's hand, before gesturing for him to look him in the eye.

It prompted Conte to square up to the Chelsea manager, with the pair shouting in each others' faces, before players and coaches from both teams piled in.

Pushing and shoving ensued before Tuchel and Conte were shown straight red cards.

Viewers were not impressed by the post-match scenes, with many deeming it "unacceptable" and a terrible look for the Premier League.

Tuchel and Conte both clashed during the match as well when the latter celebrated Tottenham's first equaliser by Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in the 68th minute.

He went up to Tuchel and barged into his chest, sparking a melee among the coaching staff and substitutes as Tuchel pointed to Conte and told him to stay in his part of the technical area.

Then, after Reece James put Chelsea back in front in the 77th, Tuchel set off on a sprint past Conte and down the touchline, clenching his fist in delight.

Explaining the fiery incident after the match, Tuchel says he thought Conte should have looked him in the eye when the pair shook hands.

Seen here, Spurs manager Antonio Conte and Chelsea counterpart Thomas Tuchel square up to each other after Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg's equaliser at Stamford Bridge.
Spurs manager Antonio Conte and Chelsea counterpart Thomas Tuchel square up to each other after Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg's equaliser at Stamford Bridge. Pic: Getty

"I thought when we shake hands you looked in each other eyes, but Antonio had a different opinion," Tuchel said of the post-match clash with Conte.

"He was happy when they equalised and it got a bit heated, but nothing big ... I think it was not necessary but a lot of things were not necessary."

As for Conte, he didn't want to talk about the confrontations that took place during and after the match despite being asked repeatedly in his post-game interviews.

Harry Kane rescues a draw for Spurs

Kane's goal, a glancing header from a corner in the sixth minute of stoppage time, ended Chelsea's run of five straight wins over Tottenham in all competitions.

Conte deserves credit for the way his second-half substitutions changed the flow of a game that Chelsea dominated until that point.

Still, Tottenham might have been lucky with their first goal, which probably shouldn't have counted since there was a foul on Chelsea forward Kai Havertz by Rodrigo Bentancur that went unpunished before Spurs mounted their attack.

Chelsea defender Marc Cucurella, who assisted on Kalidou Koulibaly's opener from a brilliant volley in the 19th minute, also appeared to have his long hair pulled at a corner before Kane's late equaliser.

"We were absolutely brilliant," Tuchel said. "Only one side deserved to win and that was us. Both their goals cannot stand."

The result left both teams on four points from two games, with only Manchester City and Arsenal ahead on a maximum six points.

with AAP

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