The FA have disclosed referee Mike Dean’s version of events in regards to a fuming Mauricio Pochettino’s actions, which earned him a two-match touchline ban.
The Argentinian cornered Dean at the end of Spurs’ 2-1 Premier League defeat to Burnley at Turf Moor on February 23 and was handed a suspension by the FA for his actions.
It had been suggested that something Dean said provoked Pochettino and left his assistant Jesus Perez enraged himself.
But now the FA have released a statement detailing Dean’s version of events, which states that Pochettino acted in a “very irresponsible and aggressive manner”.
“At the conclusion of the game, I was approached on the field of play by the Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino and some members of his coaching staff including First-team coach Jesus Perez,” read Dean’s statement via FourFourTwo.
“Mr. Pochettino acted in a very irresponsible and aggressive (sic) manner. He wouldn’t stop saying ‘you know what you are, you know what you are’. I asked him to explain and he repeated ‘you know what you are’.
“I then said on numerous occasions to go away, at least 10 times, and he wouldn’t get out of my personal (sic) space and then aggressively (sic) pointed his finger just a few inches from my face again saying ‘you know what you are’.
“Mr. Pochettino then left me alone and left the field of play. When I reached the tunnel he was waiting at the top of the stairs again saying ‘you know what you are’ and had to be escorted to the dressing room by security staff from Burnley.”
Pochettino was forced to serve the first of his two matches away from the dugout at former club Southampton last weekend, where Spurs went crashing down to a shock 2-1 defeat at St Mary’s.
The result leaves them just a point above local rivals Arsenal in third-place with Manchester United and Chelsea also breathing down their necks.