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31st Dec, 2016 | 12:32pm

Pochettino sends warning to Watford mascot, urges him to steer clear of angry Tottenham player

By Matt Farr

Watford mascot Harry the Hornet stole the headlines during Watford’s 1-1 with Crystal Palace on Boxing Day for taunting Wilfried Zaha after he was booked for diving.

However, Mauricio Pochettino has warned him against repeating his antics towards temperamental Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli.

Spurs travel to Vicarage Road on Sunday, and while Pochettino admitted the mascot was only poking fun at Zaha, he would regret doing the same to Alli.

He told the Daily Star: “It would be a brave mascot to do that in front of Dele. He would probably scare the mascot.

“You need to laugh because the mascot is to be funny with the people and encourage the crowd like this.

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“The mascot never thought he was creating a big issue. Now he has learned about that situation – or maybe they have changed the mascot.”

Alli’s on-field behaviour has previously come into question, having established somewhat of a reputation as a combustible character.

The 20-year-old often found himself falling out of favour with Premier League referees last season, and received a three-game ban for throwing a punch at West Brom’s Claudio Yacob.

Alli has also being criticised for diving, and was accused of taking a dive in the victory over Swansea at the start of December.

The England international has since controlled his inner demons, but there is a chance he could be still provoked by a Watford mascot that has already sparked anger from Crystal Place boss Sam Allardyce.

The newly-appointed Selhurst Park chief reacted to the incident by urging the FA to look into the mascot’s behaviour.

Controversy aside, Tottenham can move into the top-four with a win over Watford, at the expense of north London rivals Arsenal, should they lose to Palace.

Just one point separates the two sides, and with Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United also lurking, competition for a place in the top-four is hotting up.

In other Tottenham news, Robbie Savage has backed this side to take the spoils in their meeting on Sunday.