Mauricio Pochettino, manager of Tottenham Hotspur, showed a different side to him after Spurs’ 2-1 defeat to Burnley last month.
The Argentine went on to the pitch in the aftermath to rant at referee Mike Dean as the Lilywhites slipped out of the Premier League title race. Poch aggressively got in the official’s face on the Turf Moor pitch, and his antics have now led to the Football Association slapping a two-match ban on the Spurs gaffer. He has also been fined £10,000.
Pochettino has now spoken out about both his treatment and his conduct;
“In public and in private I was a coach, a manager, a person, who wanted to help, the Premier League, the FA, someone who tried to behave at my best to try to help the referees and football and always to try to improve our game.
“It is my first time here that I'm maybe not completely right in my behaviour but I feel this is too much.
“I feel a little bit sad and disappointed with the punishment. It is unbelievable, no?'
“I need to see the reason why,'
“The letter [from the FA] has not arrived. I am banned from the touchline but I don't know the reason yet. I am curious to see why they decided to do what they did.'
If Pochettino doesn’t appeal, he will be absent from Spurs’ next two fixtures, against Southampton and Liverpool.
In better news for Spurs fans, with Dele Alli returning from injury after a prolonged spell on the sidelines, Kieran Trippier and Harry Winks are the only doubts to make the next matchday squad.
Spurs next visit Pochettino’s former side Saints on Saturday March 9th at 15:00 (GMT).