Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham are said to be furious that their manager has been banned as if he was in charge of any other Premier League club.
Yes, that’s right.
Spurs, who were fortunate enough to avoid a red card for Harry Kane’s headbutt, Danny Rose’s lunge, and Davinson Sanchez’s stamp, while also having the outcome of Pochettino’s hearing delayed until after their games against Chelsea and Arsenal, are accusing the FA of double standards for banning him for two games.
I guess, when you’re used to never being held to account, this sort of thing can come as a shock.
Spurs are said to be furious because Jurgen Klopp escaped a ban earlier in the season.
The Daily Mail write, “Spurs were stunned by the severity of the penalty which was confirmed by the Fa hours after Pochettino led his side into the quarter-finals of the Champions League with a 4-0 aggregate win against Borussia Dortmund.
“The club hoped their manager’s contrition and public apology — and a previous good record — would count in his favour but there will be no appeal because he accepted the two charges of improper conduct.”
The Daily Star, meanwhile, noted, “In contrast, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was only fined after confronting ref Kevin Friend following February’s draw with West Ham and later accused him of showing bias.
“It was his second misconduct charge of the season after he was fined for celebrating on the pitch after the Merseyside derby.
“Pochettino has never previously been charged by the FA in five years in English football.”
For the record, Arsene Wenger was banned for three games for his run-inn with Mike Dean and Anthony Taylor, even though, at the time, it was confirmed that Taylor shouldn’t have chased Wenger down the tunnel. Wenger asked for a personal hearing after the incident and there was still only one game between the incident and the ban starting.
But sure, double standards for Spurs…