Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino got himself into a slanging match with officials, as his side crashed to a 3-2 defeat against Roma, in the International Champions Cup (ICC) match at New Jersey’s Red Bull Arena on Tuesday.
Pochettino was angered by a number of decisions made by Hilario Grajeda including turning down a Harry Kane penalty appeal and with no VAR employed for the ICC games, Pochettino confronted the fourth official who wanted the manager sent off. But Pochettino refused to go the stands and remained in the dugout after apologising to officials.
Diego Perotti scored a first half penalty after Cameron Carter-Vickers handled the ball inside the box. The Grajeda initially waved play on, but the penalty was awarded after the linesman gave the referee a nod.
Roma doubled their advantage after teenager Cengiz Under was is gifted with a shooting chance from 10 yards in the 70th minute.
A goal for Spurs then followed in the 87th after Harry Winks prodded home from four yards before what looked like the leveller was scored in the 1st minute of stoppage time by Vincent Janssen.
But moments later and Marco Tumminello scored the decider in dramatic fashion to give Eusebio Di Francesco’s men their victory.
The usually calmly controlled Pochettino spoke after of his defiance to leave the dugout.
“It was a situation that we were talking in Spanish, not in English. But I believe it was a chat that ok, we were talking and started to speak louder.
“But for me then I said to him, ‘I apologise’. Maybe a bit nervous for some situation on the pitch.
“But he wanted me to be sent off, but I said ‘come on that’s no sense because we were talking in Spanish and nobody could understand us’.
“I said ‘Come on, all that happened there stayed on’. It was all good I think. It was not a problem. I apologised to him about my behaviour.”