Published: Sat, March 02, 2019
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

Apologetic Spurs boss Pochettino accepts FA improper conduct charge

Apologetic Spurs boss Pochettino accepts FA improper conduct charge

The Football Association has charged Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino with improper conduct for his post-match row with Mike Dean after Tottenham's defeat at Burnley.

Dean was due to be the fourth official for Spurs' next fixture at Chelsea on Wednesday, but he has been removed due to Saturday's incident. "I think that is the most important, we need to accept that we are with our emotion".

The 46-year-old regained his composure later, admitting on Tuesday he will accept any punishment before apologising to Dean. "I'm going to support all the possibilities that can make us play before the end of the season - of course I'm going to support the situations yes!"

"Watching my behaviour afterwards on video, I need to accept the charge from the FA", said Pochettino, who is usually one of the calmer managers prowling the touchline. Personally, I'm still disappointed and still feel the pain of the three points we lost at Burnley but you need to move on and translate good energy. It is not the way to behave. "I need to apologise to him and all the officials".

"My worry is what happened and to change that is not only five years work", Pochettino said. "For me it's not important because I don't take it personal". I didn't want to justify the defeat and complain with the referee. For me, all the referees are really good and I never had a problem.

"Only they can win the league - we must fight to win games and to be fair".

"Chelsea had one shot on target and one goal and we didn't shoot - it's hard that way to win and we weren't solid enough".

Chelsea kept their hopes of a top four finish alive and eased the pressure on their under-fire manager Maurizio Sarri with a 2-0 win over London rivals Spurs tonight at Stamford Bridge.

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

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