Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino did not feel the need to talk to Eric Dier after his goal celebration sparked a mass brawl in Sunday’s north London derby.
“To be honest, I didn’t talk with him,” Pochettino said. “Because when you do something and then it’s so evident what happened after, you can take it in one or two directions.
“If you’re a Tottenham fan, you take in one direction, if you’re an Arsenal fan, you take in another direction.
“If you’re the manager of Tottenham or Arsenal, or the Arsenal players doing the warm-up, you’re going to back your players.
“There’s no sense now to talk too much, now it’s just to accept the FA charge or not. It’s under investigation. If we did something wrong, it’s normal to pay.”
Spurs have the chance to bounce back from that disappointing loss, which saw them drop to fifth in the Premier League when they welcome Pochettino’s former club Southampton to Wembley.