Mauricio Pochettino: Tottenham boss charged by Football Association for improper conduct after outburst against referee Mike Dean

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Pochettino confronted the referee following his side’s surprise defeat to Burnley last weekend over some decisions he felt should have gone Tottenham’s way

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has been hit with an Football Association charge for improper conduct following his side’s loss at Burnley last weekend.

Pochettino confronted referee Mike Dean after the game which developed into lengthy and heated exchange.

An angry Pochettino confronted Dean as the final whistle went

An angry Pochettino confronted Dean as the final whistle went

Pochettino’s assistant Jesus Perez also got involved

Pochettino’s assistant Jesus Perez also got involved

Pochettino appeared to be angered by something that was said in the dispute

Pochettino appeared to be angered by something that was said in the dispute

Burnley’s Phil Bardsley had to pull Pochettino away

Burnley’s Phil Bardsley had to pull Pochettino away

The Argentine had watched his men slip to a 2-1 defeat which damaged their Premier League title aspirations.

A statement from the FA read: “Mauricio Pochettino has been charged with two breaches of FA Rule E3 following the game against Burnley on Saturday.

“It is alleged the Tottenham 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 6pm on February 28, 2019 to respond to the charge.”

Dean has now been redirected from fourth official duties in Tottenham’s game at Chelsea on Wednesday to avoid any potential for further conflict with Pochettino.

He will now be on the touchline at Manchester City v West Ham instead of Stamford Bridge, with Kevin Friend taking his place.

It is understood the move was made by the Professional Game Match Officlas Limited (PGMOL) to avoid a potential conflict with Pochettino.

As the Spurs boss walked across the pitch on Saturday, he spoke animatedly with Dean, who remained calm.

Mike Dean was due to officiate Spurs’ next match against Chelsea but will now be at Manchester City v West Ham instead

Mike Dean was due to officiate Spurs’ next match against Chelsea but will now be at Manchester City v West Ham instead

Pochettino’s Spanish assistant Jesus Perez jabbed his finger towards the face of Dean while the Argentinian was eventually led away by Burnley defender Phil Bardsley.

Pochettino did not reveal what was said or the reason for the strength of his feelings, with the only really contentious decision appearing to be the award of a corner that led to Chris Wood’s opening goal.

The outburst was out of character for Pochettino, who said before the charge was announced he would not contest any disciplinary action, admitting he may have “crossed the line”.

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