Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel and Tottenham boss Antonio Conte were both sent off at the end of their side’s 2-2 draw on Sunday after clashing in an ill-tempered affair at Stamford Bridge.
The pair locked horns during the second half, but the feud reached a boiling point shortly after the final whistle after Harry Kane scored a last-gasp equalizer for the visitors.
Things looked to be relatively calm as both managers went for the customary handshake, but the two managers erupted when it appeared that Tuchel would not let go of Conte’s hand after the Spurs boss failed to look his opposite number in the eye.
Staff and players from both sides rushed in to separate the emotional two men in what was a fitting end to a fiery match played in searing heat.
“It was hot because of the temperature and hot between the benches and hot on the pitch and hot between the spectators – everything you want and hope for in a match like this early in the season,” Tuchel told the BBC.
“There are no hard feelings. I feel it was a fair tackle from him [Conte] and fair gear from me.
“We didn’t insult each other, we didn’t hit each other, we fought for our teams and, from my side, there are absolutely no difficulties. I’m surprised we both got a red card for that.”
The pair clashed earlier in the game after Conte angered Tuchel with his enthusiastic celebrations when Tottenham initially equalized to make it 1-1, Pierre-Emile Højbjerg canceling out Kalidou Koulibaly’s opener.
However, Tuchel didn’t shrivel up after Reece James made it 2-1 to Chelsea, with the German running down the touchline after admitting the match “sucked on me”.
After the game, however, Tuchel was more annoyed with Anthony Taylor’s refereeing performance and felt aggrieved by decisions that led to both of Tottenham’s goals.
The Chelsea boss was annoyed after striker Kai Havertz was apparently brought down by Rodrigo Bentancur in the build-up to Tottenham’s first goal, which also included possible offside.
The situation only escalated after Tottenham defender Cristian Romero apparently pulled defender Marc Cucurella’s hair at the corner that led to Kane’s 96th-minute equaliser.
The FA said it would investigate Tuchel’s post-match comments, which criticized Taylor’s performance.
Former Chelsea manager Conte, meanwhile, would not be keen to comment on the stormy touchline antics, but he directed a scathing post on social media at his counterpart.
“Luckily I didn’t see you. Making you go hiking would be well deserved,” he wrote on his Instagram storyalong with a video of Tuchel celebrating his side’s second goal by sprinting down the touchline.
The handshake between the two managers was widely publicized – and personalized – on social media and all eyes will now be on the return in February next year.
The penalty for the red cards will now be decided by an independent regulatory commission.