Pochettino charged for improper conduct after altercation with Mike Dean

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has been charged by the Football Association for improper conduct after angrily confronting Mike Dean after the final whistle at Turf Moor on Saturday.

After Spurs lost the game 2-1, Pochettino appeared to be angered by something that was said to him as he was walking away from the officials. The Argentine and his assistant Jesus Perez both angrily squared up to Mike Dean in what seemed like a hot exchange.

While it was alleged during the incident that Pochettino was angered by the decision to award Burnley a controversial corner from which they opened their scoring, the 46-year-old denied in the post-match press conference that the corner decision had anything to do with his outburst.

He admitted that he had allowed his emotions to get the better of him and said that he would apologise to Mike Dean.

According to the BBC, the Football Assosiation’s statement read, “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.

“He has until 18:00 on 28 February 2019 to respond to the charge.”

This follows the news that Mike Dean has been moved from his fourth official duties when Tottenham travel to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

Improper conduct can either lead to a fine or a touchline ban but the later is only likely if the Tottenham manager is found to have used abusive or insulting language towards Dean.

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