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Mauricio Pochettino given two-match ban

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Mauricio Pochettino has been given a two-match ban and would be in stands for Premier League matches at Southampton and Liverpool.

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Tottenham Hotspur have been left stunned after Mauricio Pochettino was hit with a two-game touchline ban and a £10,000 fine for his post-Burnley rant at referee Mike Dean.

The Spurs boss was charged with improper conduct by the FA after he lost his temper with the official following their 2-1 defeat at Turf Moor on February 23.

Pochettino, who accepted the charge and apologised for the incident last week, will be in the stands for this month’s league games at Southampton on March 9 and Liverpool on March 31.

Insiders at Tottenham believe the Football Association is guilty of double standards over its handling of Pochettino in comparison to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.

It had been expected that Pochettino would receive a fine and warning, but the two-match suspension has caused surprise and a feeling of inconsistency from the FA inside Spurs.

Klopp has twice escaped a touchline ban this season, once for running on to the pitch in celebration at the end of the victory over Everton at Anfield, when the German was fined £8,000 and warned about his future conduct.

That did not stop Klopp confronting referee Kevin Friend following Liverpool’s 1-1 draw at West Ham United and then accusing the official of bias. He was fined £45,000 and once again warned about his behaviour but escaped a touchline ban.

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