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Referee Mike Dean removed from fourth official duty ahead of Chelsea-Tottenham clash



Mauricio Pochettino of Tottenham

Mauricio Pochettino of Tottenham

Latest Tottenham news: Mike Dean removed as the fourth official in Chelsea-Tottenham clash

The Metro reports that the Professional Game Match Officials Limited group has taken the decision to replace Mike Dean from the Chelsea-Tottenham clash at Stamford Bridge.

The referee was expected to be the fourth official for the clash but will instead complete the role for Manchester City’s home tie against West Ham while Kevin Friend will take up the duty at Stamford Bridge.

The report claims that the decision was taken to avoid a repeat of the confrontation between Mauricio Pochettino and Dean after Burnley’s 2-1 win over Spurs.

Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino

Pochettino was seen having a go at the referee before being restrained by some of the players. The Metro adds that the Argentine was upset over the first goal Tottenham conceded and believed Spurs should have been awarded a goal-kick rather than Burnley getting a corner.

Pochettino’s troubles aren’t over yet

The Argentine later claimed he could apologise to Dean for his behaviour but the report claims he could be in trouble over Saturday’s actions.

The manager has never been fined or banned since managing in England, and it will be important he avoids a touchline ban for his behaviour.

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The influence of the Argentine from the pitch cannot be underestimated, and given this is his first such offence, the Spurs man could be let off with a slight slap on the wrist.