Football Extras: Tottenham Boss Charged With Improper Conduct

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IMAGE: Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino remonstrates with referee Mike Dean after the match. Photograph: Carl Recine/Reuters

The English Football Association (FA) has charged Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino with improper conduct for confronting the referee after Saturday’s shock 2-1 Premier League defeat at Burnley.

Defeat dented third-placed Tottenham’s title hopes and Pochettino appeared to vent his frustration at referee Mike Dean in a furious confrontation.

“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,” the FA said in a statement.

Pochettino was charged for two breaches of the FA’s Rule E3 which concerns general behaviour and faces the prospect of a fine or a touchline ban.

“I think I am going to accept everything that can happen from the FA. The thing happened on the pitch and I hope that it’s not going (any) further,” he said on Saturday.

The Argentine has until 1800 GMT on Thursday to respond to the charge.

EU court rejects EU tax ruling against FC Barcelona, Bilbao

IMAGE: Fans display flags during the match. Photograph: Vincent West/Reuters

Europe’s second-highest court on Tuesday annulled an EU state aid decision that Spanish soccer clubs FC Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao had benefited unfairly from a lower corporate tax rate.

The Luxembourg-based General Court said the European Commission erred in assessing the facts and had not shown to the requisite legal standard that the measures under investigation had given the soccer clubs an advantage.

The Commission in its July 2016 ruling said the two soccer clubs, together with Real Madrid and Atletico Osasuna, enjoyed a 25 percent tax rate for more than 20 years, compared to the 30 percent norm for sports companies.