Mauricio Pochettino is facing a touchline ban after being charged by the FA following his confrontation with Mike Dean at the weekend and the FA have to hand him a significant ban given how they’ve treated Arsene Wenger in the past.
On the face of it, it should be hard to pick a side here.
On one side you have Dean, the celebrity ref who has made no friends at Arsenal.
One the other you have Mauricio Pochettino, hypocrite extraordinaire who just recently spoke about what a nice bunch of people Tottenham are.
He has until 6pm on Thursday to respond to the charges and while most people will see that he has no defence, that probably won’t stop him trying.
Arsene Wenger was banned for three games after Dean reported him for ‘aggressive’ behaviour and for calling the official a ‘cheat’ after he awarded West Brom a penalty that handed the Baggies a point. Dean later admitted he got the call wrong, but Wenger was still charged and served a three-game ban.
His actions were nothing like the intimidation we saw from Pochettino at the weekend.
“As we entered the dressing room after the game, Mr. Wenger stood behind us in the doorway and told the West Brom steward to ‘let him in’,” Dean wrote in his report following the West Brom game.
“He was very aggressive leaning towards me, pointing aggressively at me saying ‘you’re not honest’ on numerous occasions. I replied ‘so you’re calling me a cheat’. He replied ‘I maintain what I say, you’re not honest’.
“He then said ‘you’ve done this to us many times before, you’re supposed to be professional, you’re a disgrace’. He was then ushered out of the room by the West Brom safety officer.”
Given the description of Wenger’s actions that resulted in a three-game ban for something that was done in private, the Spurs manager should rightly be facing a far lengthier ban.
Pochettino gets right under my skin, a sign of how good he is I guess.
What I can’t stand more than anything is his snideness. He’s a little sh*t, the off-pitch version of Dele Alli and, like the rest of that sh*t club, they are treated like the darlings of the media despite being one of the most cynical sides in the league.
It’s time for the FA and media to treat Spurs like they treat every other side in the league.