Mauricio Pochettino to apologise to referee Mike Dean after post-match outburst


Mauricio Pochettino has admitted he “crossed the line” after launching an angry outburst at referee Mike Dean on Saturday.

The Tottenham boss was exchanged in a war of words with the man in black after he had blown the final whistle on Spurs 2-1 defeat to Burnley at Turf Moor.

An initial discussion turned into a heated flashpoint , as Pochettino and his staff argued with the officials as they left the field.

However the BBC report that Pochettino has since admitted his error, and will look to make amends with Dean.

Blaming the “emotion and disappointment” of the result, Pochettino said: “I made a mistake.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino confronts referee Mike Dean after the match

“We know how important the match was and we felt disappointment.

“I should have gone to the dressing room and got some water. A stupid thing happens and you react. Maybe I will go and apologise to the referee.”

After an initial exchange, Pochettino appeared to react to Dean asking, “what’s your problem?”

Pochettino replied: “you know what”, before turning towards the tunnel.

As the Argentine turned away though, something was said, sparking a furious reaction from Pochettino’s assistant Jesus Perez.

The pair are involved in an exchange of words

“What, what, what? What did you say?” shouted an unhappy Pochettino, while Perez vehemently jabbed his finger towards the face of Dean, who could be seen telling the Spurs boss to “go away”.

Realising a Sky Sports camera was close in the vicinity, Pochettino then pointed the assistant official in the direction of the camera and suggested he repeat his statement in front of it.

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The Spurs boss continued to vent his anger, within a few inches of his face, before being pulled away from Dean by Burnley defender Phil Jones.

The Spurs boss was seemingly angry with a decision that went against his side

Pochettino’s displeasure is likely to be due to a decision to award Burnley a controversial corner kick in the lead up to their first goal.

Tottenham looked to have salvaged a point, after Harry Kane levelled following Chris Woods’ opener.

But Ashley Barnes tucked home a late winner for the hosts, denting Spurs title hopes in the process.

It turned into a heated discussion

Pochettino said: “We lost because of our mistakes, not to find an excuse or to blame things not in our hands. We should do better and in the end we need to blame ourselves.

“I said this game was key and that if we didn’t win we cannot think we are a real contender [for the Premier League title].

“It is a massive opportunity lost.”

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