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Pochettino Charged By FA Following Confrontation With Mike Dean

Pochettino Charged By FA Following Confrontation With Mike Dean

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has been charged with improper conduct by the FA after his bust-up with referee Mike Dean last Saturday.

Pochettino and his assistant Jesus Perez were enraged after their side's defeat, confronting Dean on the pitch, with the row continuing as the referee entered the tunnel area.

The incident occurred after Pochettino's Spurs side lost 2-1 to Burnley at Turf Moor. Pochettino has been charged with two counts of improper conduct announced in a statement from the FA this evening.

Mauricio Pochettino, Mike Dean

The exact details of what the Spurs manager said to the referee have not been revealed. Although he had argued with the fourth official during the match over the awarding of a corner in the build up to the Claret's first goal.

The FA statement said:

Mauricio Pochettino has been charged with two breaches of FA Rule E3 following the game against Burnley on Saturday [23 February 2019].

“It is alleged the Tottenham Hotspur manager’s language and/or behaviour at the end of the fixture – both on the pitch and in or around the tunnel area – amounted to improper conduct.

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The Argentine manager admitted he 'crossed the line' and that he might apologise to Dean. On Saturday afternoon Pochettino suggested that he would not contest any disciplinary action brought against him.

I will accept everything that can happen from the Football Association but I hope they won't go any further.

If Pochettino decides to contest the charge, he has until 18.00 on Thursday February 28th to respond to the charge.

In the meantime, the body responsible for the appointment of officials has removed Mike Dean as the fourth official for Spurs game against Chelsea on Wednesday night. Instead Dean will be the fourth official for Manchester City v West Ham game.

SEE ALSO: Watch: Pochettino Rages At Mike Dean After Spurs Slip Against Burnley

 

Evan Coughlan

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