Spurs boss to accept FA charge
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino will accept his FA charge of improper conduct and has issued an apology to referee Mike Dean.
Pochettino approached Dean at the end of Spurs' damaging 2-1 defeat at Burnley to complain about a decision during the game and was incensed by a comment the official made, reacting angrily and shouting in his face.
He has subsequently been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association, something which he intends to accept.
The Argentine has publicly apologised to Dean, who has been taken off fourth official duty for Spurs' Premier League game at Chelsea on Wednesday night, and said that he will never reveal the nature of Dean's comment.
"I will accept that charge. Watching after on the video from the TV, my behaviour, I think I need to accept the charge from the FA," Pochettino said.
"At the same time I need to apologise to Mike Dean. Right or wrong in the way that I wanted to complain, I cannot behave in that way.
"Of course I want to apologise to Mike Dean, all the referees who were involved there. I think it's not a way to behave and of course I'm going to accept the charge from the FA.
"My behaviour was public and now I want to apologise in a public way too. I think it's unfair.
"I think in private is not important because my behaviour was public and I need to apologise to him and all the officials in public too."
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