The FA apologise after deleting tweet disrespecting former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte

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The only surprise surrounding Antonio Conte's sacking by Chelsea is that it took Roman Abramovich so long.

The notoriously trigger-happy Blues owner has rarely been so hesitant when it comes to replacing his managers, but after months of speculation, he has finally brought in former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri.

One imagines Conte has effectively been on holiday for the last few months, safe in the knowledge he would be out of a job by the time the new season rolled around.

The Italian's innovative 3-4-3 formation helped the club cruise to the title with a mammoth 93 points in 2017.

In the most recent campaign, they fell short of that total by a significant 23 points and crucially, dropped out of the Champions League places for only the third time in 16 years.

From his well-publicised row with Diego Costa to his repeated substituting of Eden Hazard, it had long become clear that the dressing room at Stamford Bridge was a fractured one by the end of Conte's reign. 

Willian was not the only player who appeared to voice his discontent on social media - Cesc Fabregas claimed it was an accident when he liked a tweet celebrating his ex-coach's departure - but the Brazilian was arguably the most disrespectful.

Very tactless from Willian 

Back in May, the 29-year-old posted a photo of himself and his team-mates celebrating with the FA Cup trophy, but conveniently placed three emojis over Conte, blocking him out of the picture entirely.


To add insult to injury, on Tuesday the FA decided to bring up the tweet again by claiming the attacking midfielder deserved the 'award for creativity' on that most important of days, World Emoji Day.

A little unprofessional and you would have thought that English football's governing body - or whoever runs their social media, at least - would have learned from the backlash over them mocking Harry Kane in April.


The FA have said sorry 

A spokesman has now apologised.

"We apologise for any offence caused and we have removed the tweet," a statement said, per Sky Sports.

It is perhaps a little easier to forgive Willian for his frustrations, as he was dropped following his angry reaction to being taken off in the FA Cup against Southampton semi-final last season.

And in spite of his 13 goals and eight assists in all competitions, he only started 20 league matches.

That being said, the FA should know better.

Light-hearted banter, or does Conte deserve more respect? Have your say in the comments.

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