“Unbelievable, unbelievable, unbelievable” – Pochettino fumes after Leicester win

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Dom Le Roy

Mauricio Pochettino vented his frustration at referee Michael Oliver after he made two horrific decisions against Tottenham Hotspur in their 3-1 victory against Leicester City.

Thankfully neither decision ended up costing Tottenham dearly, but it could have had catastrophic consequences to the club’s titles hopes due to the incompetence of the match official.

Heung-min Son was brought down in the penalty area during the first half when an outstretched leg from Foxes defender Harry Maguire’s outstretched leg made contact with the Spurs forward.

Despite the South Korean being knocked off his feet by the challenge, he was booked by Oliver for diving.

In the second half, Oliver got another critical decision wrong when he judged that Jan Vertonghen had brought down James Maddison and pointed to the spot.

Substitute Jamie Vardy came on and took the spot kick. Thankfully, Spurs skipper Hugo Lloris palmed away to his right to keep his side 1-0 ahead.

It was the fourth occasion this season in which a Spurs player has been booked for diving when Son saw yellow.

Pochettino told Football.London after the match: “Today do you think that Sonny deserved to be booked. Unbelievable, unbelievable, unbelievable. When you compare the situation with the penalty against us, unbelievable.

“The problem is I told Michael Oliver, the situation of Liverpool in the last minute that should be a penalty [when Son was brought down by Mane], to maybe be 2-2, maybe 2-1, but it was a clear penalty.

“It was the same referee but now I don’t know how he has measured the situation. It is so difficult. I am a person that always accepts the mistake but I think it was so strange the situation today.

“It was so clear the position today with Sonny, the action, but it wasn’t clear the position of Maddison when he was on the floor.

“I think it is unbelievable. I am more relaxed because we won the game, three important points we got, but so disappointed with the situation because everyone wants to talk about different clubs or players but do you think we are a team that is trying to cheat the referee? Come on, we are the most innocent people on the pitch?”

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