Tottenham Hotspurs’ manager, Mauricio Pochettino has been charged with improper conduct for his post-match row with Mike Dean after Tottenham’s defeat at Burnley.
Pochettino challenged referee Mike Dean at the full-time after Tottenham was defeated 2-1 by Burnley at Turf Moor over the weekend.
The Football Association has issued the Argentine with two breaches of FA Rule E3 after he fronted-up to the referee on the pitch following a 2-1 loss at Turf Moor.
Pochettino then clashed again with Dean in the tunnel area – and both incidents are accused of amounting to improper conduct by the Spurs boss.
The Tottenham boss has until 6pm on Thursday to respond to the charge, so he is almost certain to be in the dugout for Wednesday’s clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
But if found guilty he could be given a touchline ban, with Spurs to face Arsenal at Wembley in the North London derby on Saturday.
Both Pochettino and his assistant Jesus Perez were incensed at Dean after something he apparently said as they walked away from an initial confrontation, which appeared amicable, in the Burnley centre-circle.
Pochettino appeared to repeat “what did you say?” – and angrily confronted Dean and his officials, while Perez could be seen pointing his finger towards Dean’s face and appearing to shout “you can’t say that!”
Mauricio Pochettino would not be drawn on his confrontation with Mike Dean in his post-match interview
“I am going to accept everything that can happen from the FA. But what happened on the pitch I hope is not going further,” he told Sky Sports.
“I believed the loss in Lancashire effectively ends their Premier League title pursuit, falling six points behind leaders Liverpool following their draw at Manchester United,” Pochettino added.
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