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Pochettino: I had "full respect" for Clattenburg
2:36pm Friday 15th March 2013 in Sport
Mauricio Pochettino insists he spoke to referee Mark Clattenburg with “full respect” following the controversial end to last weekend’s 0-0 draw at Norwich.
The Saints manager approached the official on the Carrow Road pitch after the final whistle to indicate his unhappiness at Clattenburg’s decision to award the Canaries a penalty, for an alleged foul by Luke Shaw on Grant Holt.
Holt’s spot kick was subsequently saved by Artur Boruc.
Saints were charged by the Football Association this week for failing to control their players, after they reacted angrily to the decision.
The club have until 4pm today to respond to the charge.
Pochettino admitted he might have been “at fault a little bit” for walking onto the pitch, but insisted he was measured in his approach to Clattenburg.
“I don't really feel bad about it because I had full respect for the referee,” he said.
“I went to speak with him and perhaps I should have waited until he came to the dugout to speak to him, but I was always on speaking terms.
“That is the kind of person I am – a spontaneous person.
“I could be at fault a little bit for actually entering the field, but I must say I was on speaking terms with the referee.
“He spoke back to me and there was never anything above that. Perhaps I should have waited for him to come back to the dugout but I was defending the interests of my club and he was defending his job as well.”