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Premier League: Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino apologises to referee Mike Dean, accepts FA charge

  • Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino humbly chastised himself for unacceptable behaviour towards referee Mike Dean and accepted the misconduct charge.

  • The Argentinian said having watched replays of his heated exchange with Dean following the 2-1 defeat by Burnley and he could offer no defence.

  • The defeat against Burnley left third-placed Spurs on 60 points, five points behind Manchester City and six adrift of leaders Liverpool.

London: Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino humbly chastised himself for unacceptable behaviour towards referee Mike Dean and accepted the misconduct charge levelled at him by the Football Association (FA) on Tuesday.

 Premier League: Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino apologises to referee Mike Dean, accepts FA charge

File image of Mauricio Pochettino. Reuters

The 46-year-old Argentinian said having watched replays of his heated exchange with Dean following the 2-1 defeat by Burnley on Saturday – highly damaging to his side's title hopes – he could offer no defence.

"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.

"I need to apologise to Mike Dean, I cannot behave in that way. It is not the way to behave and I am going to accept the charge.

"My behaviour was public and now I want to apologise in a public way. I need to apologise to him and all of the officials."

Pochettino would not reveal what Dean had said to him during their confrontation following the defeat.

That left third-placed Spurs on 60 points, five points behind Manchester City and six adrift of leaders Liverpool.

All three sides have played 27 games – Spurs are away at a crisis-ridden Chelsea on Wednesday, whilst City host West Ham and Liverpool are at home to an in-form Watford side.

"No, all that happened on the pitch stays on there," he said.

"I think that is the most important, we need to accept that we are with our emotion.

"For me it's not important, I don't take it personally.

"When your heart rate is so high you need to be careful how you take words. All that happened on the pitch, I'll never translate off it."

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Updated Date: Feb 26, 2019 20:15:11 IST