Pochettino handed touch line ban, fine for ref confrontation

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Mauricio Pochettino has learned his fate for berating referee Mike Dean after Tottenham Hotspur’s 2-1 loss to Burnley on Feb. 23.

The Spurs’ manager will serve a two-match touch line ban and pay a $13,150 fine for his display, which continued into the tunnel area.

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Pochettino will be away from his team for matches away to Southampton on Saturday and to Liverpool on March 31 (Spurs’ match home to Crystal Palace has been postponed due to the Eagles’ progress in the FA Cup).

His absence will be the latest boon to Liverpool’s hopes of reclaiming first place in the Premier League, though Pochettino will be able to prepare his Spurs for Liverpool.

The outburst was a rare misstep for Pochettino, whose time at Southampton and Tottenham has featured composed displays in the technical area and after matches.