Mike Dean has been removed as the fourth official for Wednesday’s Premier League match between Tottenham and Chelsea.
The decision to remove Dean was due to his confrontation with Mauricio Pochettino at the end of Tottenham’s loss to Burnley on Saturday. Pochettino squared up to referee Mike Dean in a furious exchange on the pitch after Tottenham’s title bid stuttered at Burnley.It was also alleged Dean said something while Pochettino’s back was turned which led to the Argentine confronting the official and having to be held back by his staff
Kevin Friend has reportedly been chosen to replace Dean as fourth official for Chelsea’s home clash against Tottenham, with Andre Marriner acting as referee.
Tottenham will hope to get back to winning ways on Wednesday against the Blues, who were not in Premier League action over the weekend due to the Carabao Cup final taking place on Sunday.
The hammer of the English FA didn’t leave Pochettino out as he was also charged for his bust up with referee, Mike Dean and has till 6pm on Thursday to respond to the charge.
In a statement, an FA spokesperson said: “Mauricio Pochettino has been charged with two breaches of FA Rule E3 following the game against Burnley on Saturday.
“It is alleged the Tottenham Hotspur manager’s language and/or behaviour at the end of the fixture – both on the pitch and in or around the tunnel area – amounted to improper conduct.”