Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenberg has admitted that he expects the FA to charge Mauricio Pochettino for his behaviour on Saturday, even as he recalls the controversy that attended Nigeria’s John Mikel Obi, alleging that he used racists remarks against him.
The Tottenham Hotspur boss confronted referee Mike Dean and his officials on the pitch following the final whistle of the disappointing 2-1 defeat at Burnley on Saturday lunchtime.
Clattenberg believes that the television cameras which were in close proximity to the exchange of words between Pochettino and Dean could be used as part of the charge.
Pochettino reacted angrily to something which Dean said in reply which saw the Spurs boss re-approach the referee and ask him to repeat what he said in front of the cameras.
Managers are given the opportunity to discuss the match with the match day official half hour following the final whistle at the referee’s dressing room.
While Pochettino refused to discuss with the press what was said in the exchange, the FA will know the full transcript of what Dean said considering that all referees in the Premier League are recorded.
Clattenburg told the Daily Mail: “I expect Mauricio Pochettino to be charged by the FA for his behaviour towards referee Mike Dean — and the recording of their exchange could be used in evidence.
“Pochettino was angered with the award of a corner which led to Burnley’s opening goal and, perhaps, by something Dean said — at least judging by the reaction of the Spurs boss.
“I have known Dean for a number of years and I am confident he would have said something in reaction to the manager’s outburst after the final whistle.
“However, managers know that they should not behave like this in front of cameras.
“Such confrontations normally occur 30 minutes after the match in the referees’ dressing room.
“It is important to remember that, in light of unfounded allegations made against me by John Mikel Obi after a Chelsea v Manchester United match in 2012, referees are now recorded during Premier League matches. We will see what that reveals.”