MIKE DEAN has been taken off fourth official duty at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday – to avoid another confrontation with Mauricio Pochettino.
FA disciplinary bosses have now received Dean’s report following the post-match flare-up with Spurs chief Pochettino at Burnley on Saturday.
Pochettino angrily confronted Dean in the centre-circle after his side’s costly 2-1 defeat, bemoaning a series of decisions in the game.
The Spurs manager was then walking away when he turned after apparently hearing a response from the referee.
Pochettino’s assistant, Jesus Perez, was clearly also furious and the Tottenham chief was captured shouting “Say that again, in front of the camera.”
It is unclear at this stage whether Dean will recommend an FA misconduct charge or suggest a Stage One warning is appropriate.
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But, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was fined £45,000 for a similar confrontation with Kevin Friend after his side’s draw at West Ham earlier this month.
Dean had been due to be the fourth official for the London derby clash at Chelsea.
But instead he has been switched to the same role for Manchester City’s home match with West Ham.
It means he avoids another potential flashpoint with Pochettino.