Spurs won’t contest Sissoko charge

Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham won’t contest the Football Association’s violent conduct charge against Moussa Sissoko.

The Tottenham midfielder caught Harry Arter with an elbow during Spurs’ 0-0 draw with Bournemouth on Saturday, with referee Craig Pawson missing the incident at the time.

Sissoko was retrospectively charged by the FA, who have given Spurs until 6pm on Tuesday evening to respond.

Pochettino, though, says the club will accept the three-match ban.

He said: “We accept that. We have reviewed the video. We accept the charge and now we move forward.

“After the game, it was difficult when I was asked about the action. It was true that it was difficult for me to appreciate the situation of what happened.

“But when I saw it on TV I need to say there was no intention but the elbow was in the face of Arter, that’s clear.

“We accept the charge, and now we need to move forward and expect a three-match ban.”

While he naturally reacted to receiving a blow to the face, after the match a much calmer Arter insisted Sissoko didn’t intentionally catch him.

“He caught me straight in the face and if you get hit in the face anyone would have a reaction,” the Cherries man said.

“After the game, he apologised. I’m not one to hold grudges. He said sorry, he didn’t mean (to do) it, so that’s end of.

“It looks like he elbowed me but he apologised and said it was an accident so that’s good to me.

“At times in the heat of the battle you react differently and now I feel happy with his apology and if he didn’t mean it hopefully he doesn’t get banned.”

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