By Richard Parks
Mauricio Pochettino has fumed at the Football Association for “embarrassing” Tottenham and Harry Kane after trolling him last weekend.
The Spurs striker was mocked by an official FA account after having a rare off day in Spurs’ 2-1 FA Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester United at Wembley.
The governing body have admitted they got it wrong by trolling the England international and wrote to Tottenham to apologise.
But Pochettino is still raging at the conduct of the FA, which he slammed at his media conference on Friday, as quoted by the personal Twitter account of Tottenham correspondent Ben Pearce.
“For me it was embarrassing,” the Argentine said. “The FA is English football, and for a potential captain at the World Cup, Harry Kane… it was very difficult to understand. It disappointed me.”
#thfc Pochettino on Smalling/Kane tweet from FA Cup account: “For me it was embarrassing. The FA is English football, and for a potential captain at the World Cup, Harry Kane… it was very difficult to understand. It disappointed me.”
— Ben Pearce (@BenPearceSpurs) April 27, 2018
In the immediate wake of United’s 2-1 win, a one-second video of defender Chris Smalling saying ‘Harry Kane’ was posted by the FA Cup’s official account below the text: ‘What’s that in your pocket, Chris?’
The joke was retweeted more than 20,000 times on Saturday night, and has since been deleted by the @EmiratesFACup account, which has over 171,000 followers.
Football Insider verdict:
The negativity towards Kane – from rival fans, players and the authorities – has clearly had an effect on Pochettino and, presumably, the striker, too. His form has been iffy since his return from an ankle problem, although the manager should perhaps take his share of the blame for fast-tracking a player who was not quite ready. Clearly, Spurs and England need Kane delivering the goods. The mockery needs to stop. Without him scoring regularly, it is difficult to see the national team making much of an impact at the World Cup.
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