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This is what Pochettino said to get a two-game ban


Forgot what you thought Mauricio Pochettino said to Mike Dean and his officiating crew after Tottenham’s defeat at Burnley last month.

Because we know now exactly what went down.

Pochettino was handed a two-game touchline ban for his angry reaction at the end of the game, and the contents of Dean’s report to the English Football Association has been released.

Over to Dean, who describes what he and Pochettino “discussed” after the final whistle on the pitch at Turf Moor.

“I then said on numerous occasions to go away at least 10 times and he wouldn’t get out of my personal space and then aggressively pointed his finger just a few inches from my face again saying ‘you know what you are’,” Dean’s report said.

The FA revealed more details about the incident, as Pochettino continued to confront Dean in the tunnel area after the game.

“While the words used are not the worst, the choice of phrase ‘you know what you are’ was used in an on-field outburst, following the conclusion of the game, that lasted for 40 seconds, during which Pochettino was, at times, very close to Mr Dean and face-to-face. Pochettino’s position is then aggravated by the fact of the second charge, which involved him waiting for Mr Dean in the tunnel area to resume his unacceptable comments.”

So, Pochettino said “you know what you are, you know what you are” and that was it.

The FA have confirmed that the angry manner Poch reacted in was the main reason for his two-game ban, but what wasn’t pointed out was what Dean, or one of his officials, said to Pochettino which seemed to make his blood boil.

Pochettino hasn’t divulged what was said, and probably never will, but the way he and his assistant Jesus Perez reacted to whatever was said by one of the officials is key to all of this.

In the first game that Pochettino had to watch from the stands his Spurs side lost 2-1 at Southampton on Saturday, and the second game is at Liverpool on Mar. 31. 

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.

[ RECAP: BVB 0-1 Spurs ]

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.

Poch apologizes to Dean: ‘The way I behaved, it’s not right’

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Mauricio Pochettino has publicly apologized to Mike Dean and accepted his FA charge as a result of his post-game actions toward the referee following Tottenham Hotspur’s 2-1 defeat away to Burnley on Saturday.

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Pochettino, clearly aggrieved by at least one of the refereeing crew’s decisions during the game, confronted Dean after the final whistle (WATCH HERE) and had to be ushered off the field by members of his coaching staff. Pochettino says he knows he was wrong for how he conducted himself in that moment  — quotes from ESPN:

“I will accept that charge. Watching after on the video, my behavior, I think I need to accept the charge from the FA. I’m not going to ask [for a personal hearing].

“At the same time, I need to apologize to Mike Dean. Right or wrong in the way that I wanted to complain, I cannot behave in that way. My behavior was public and now I want to apologize in a public way, too.”

“I hope I don’t repeat this type of situation. It’s not going to help my team, my club, the job of the referees and, of course, myself. I think I’m a very smart person who cannot repeat the same mistake.

“I was so frustrated after the game, so disappointed with the result. I didn’t want to justify the defeat and complain with the referee. It’s only that when you start to talk, your heart-rate starts to push.”

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… but remains steadfast in his belief that he was “right” about the call(s) being incorrect.

“I feel sorry for that, because I wanted to see him tomorrow and apologize in person. In my mind, I still believe I’m right, but in the way that I behaved, it’s not right. That’s the point.

“For me, he’s one of the best referees. For me, all the referees are really good and I never had a problem. I think I made bigger my problem in my head because for me it was one of the most important games to play, and the three points were so important to put pressure on our opponents.”

WATCH/VOTE: Was Dean right to award PK to Spurs?

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Penalty or nah?

Arsenal has seen its early North London Derby lead turned on its head by an Eric Dier goal and Harry Kane penalty during a wild and proper derby day at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

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The flashpoint, however, was Heung-Min Son‘s actions in winning the decisive penalty late in the first half.

Lively throughout the half, Spurs’ South Korea forward dribbled into the 18 and went down when Rob Holding went sliding through with a challenge and appeared to have made contact with Son’s foot.

Son hit the deck hard, and referee Mike Dean came out of his shell had no problem pointing to the spot.

Was it a penalty? Watch the video, and vote below:

After amazing goal, Daniels’ enthusiasm dampened by Mike Dean

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Charlie Daniels scored a monumental goal that was moments away from giving Bournemouth a 1-1 draw with visiting Manchester City on Saturday at the Vitality Stadium.

Daniels hit a vicious half volley goal (VIDEO) past Ederson on Saturday, but was left deflated as City scored late to deprive Bournemouth of its first points of the season.

“It was a nice goal (by me),” Daniels said. “I thought why not have a crack at it and fortunately it went in.”

[ RECAP: Bournemouth 1-2 Man City ]

The muted enthusiasm was understandable, and referee Mike Dean didn’t make any friends in the final moments. After seven minutes of added time — five of which were announced — Raheem Sterling scored and was given a red card for celebrating with the visiting fans.

Man City didn’t like that, but Daniels and Bournemouth didn’t like the run-up to the winner.

From the BBC:

“There was only five minutes of added on time so ask the referee why we played seven. Then in the lead-up to the goal, he awarded a free-kick which was perfectly a timed tackle by Lys Mousset. It was gutting for us to concede after that and I would like to found out where he got that extra time from.”

Daniels wasn’t alone, as online reaction from Bournemouth fans and teams hopeful of more City dropped points were wondering how five became seven (the final whistle came 12 minutes after the clock read 90:00).