Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino apologises; accepts FA charge

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino remonstrates with referee Mike Dean after the match Action Images via Reuters  Carl Recine EDITORIAL USE

Mauricio Pochettino angrily confronted Mike Dean at the end of Tottenham's defeat to Burnley on Saturday Credit Action Images

After a 2-1 loss to Burnley on Saturday, Tottenham's hopes were dealt a major blow with Wednesday's 2-0 reverse against London rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Pochettino was charged for two breaches of the FA's Rule E3 which concerns general behaviour and faces the prospect of a fine or a touchline ban.

Dean has been stood down from his duties as the fourth official at Stamford Bridge and redirected to Manchester City home game against West Ham.

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"I think all your quality English players like your [Harry] Winks and your Kanes and your Allis who have their sights set on winning Premier League titles, I personally would think 'he thinks we're [that far away]'". Watching after on the video from the TV, my behaviour, I think I need to accept the charge from the FA, ' said Pochettino, who will now wait to find out his punishment from the governing body.

"You need to show like a team that you are fighting for big things and to be honest, I am so frustrated because we didn't show more attitude than Burnley". I can not behave in that way and of course, I apologise. My behaviour was public and I want to apologise publicly.

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

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"All that happened on the pitch stays on there". 'For me it's not important because I don't take it personal. "I need to apologise to him and all of the officials", Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino said about his confrontation with referee Mike Dean. "When you're competing, when you're on the pitch, when your heart-rate is so high, you need to be careful how you take the words".

Meanwhile, midfielders Dele Alli (hamstring) and Eric Dier (tonsillitis) will miss the match at sixth-placed Chelsea.

Chelsea remain in sixth place in the standings but still have a game in hand, while Spurs now find themselves nine points adrift of leaders Liverpool.

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