Mike Dean will no longer be working as the fourth official for Wednesday’s Premier League clash between Chelsea and Tottenham at Stamford Bridge.
The 50-year-old was involved in a post-match confrontation with Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino on Saturday and the Professional Game Match Official Board [PGMOL] have removed him from duty from the fixture.
Dean angered Pochettino after incorrectly awarding a corner to Burnley, which led to Burnley taking the lead, in addition to Phil Bardsley avoiding a red card for a dangerous challenge on Danny Rose.
After being approached at full-time, Dean asked an unhappy Pochettino: “What’s your problem?”
Pochettino replied: “You know what”, before walking away, hinting at his frustration with the corner awarded that led to Burnley’s first goal.
As he moved away, Pochettino then heard something that appeared to the said by one of the officials.
"What, what what? What did you say?" Pochettino shouted at Dean, who told the Argentine coach to “go away”.
Watch the incident here…
Per the Independent, FA rules stipulate that Dean will be ineligible to officiate Tottenham’s next match if Pochettino is charged.
The Spurs boss is currently waiting to see whether he will receive a misconduct charge from the FA. If he is, he could be handed his first touchline ban since arriving in England six years ago.
Pochettino apologised for his behaviour in his post-match press conference, telling reporters: "It’s weird, maybe the cables crossed in my brain. It’s the first time in 10 years.
"I was always under control but what happened there, happened on the pitch. I need to find the reason now that we lost the game, not to find some excuse."
Meanwhile, Dean, who included the incident in his match report and was unhappy with Pochettino’s conduct, is now down to be fourth official for Manchester City’s fixture against West Ham on the same evening.News Now - Sport News