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Why did Mauricio Pochettino lose the plot in a pre-season friendly and could he face a ban?

The Spurs boss was sent to the stands at the Red Bull Arena but refused to leave the dugout

You trying telling Mauricio Pochettino it’s ‘just a friendly’.

The Spurs boss absolutely lost his plot during his side’s pre-season defeat to Roma in New Jersey.

Nothing friendly about this

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Nothing friendly about this

The 45-year-old gaffer was ordered to leave the dugout and sit in the stands following an unsavoury second-half argument with the fourth official.

But Pochettino wasn’t having any of it.

He ignored the referee’s request and resisted a stadium official’s attempts to move him out of the technical area.

And guess what? It worked.

With Pochettino refusing to budge, the officials bottled it and resumed the game, allowing the pissed off gaffer to remain pitchside for the rest of the game.

“We shall not, we shall not be moved!”

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“We shall not, we shall not be moved!”

The initial disagreement occurred because Pochettino was unimpressed with Hilario Grajeda’s inconsistent refereeing.

It’s unknown yet whether the officials reported this dissent to football’s higher powers but under usual circumstances Pochettino would be facing a punishment of a fine or a touchline ban.

However, the International Champions Cup is not governed by UEFA and so any complaints may fall on deaf ears.

Did I get away with it?

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Did I get away with it?

The game itself (which we shall hereby refer to as the ‘Erik Lamela/Federico Fazio derby) was an ill-tempered one and tensions reached a peak when Roma were awarded a controversial penalty after Spurs had a good shout for a spot-kick turned down.

Spurs thought they had grabbed a draw after late goals from Harry Winks and Vincent Janssen cancelled out Diego Perotti’s penalty and Cengiz Under’s 70th minute strike.

But Roma scored almost immediately from the kick-off that followed Janseen’s equaliser with 18-year-old Marco Tumminello scoring at the back post to earn his side three points.


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