Southampton manager Pochettino regrets Clattenburg confrontation

The Argentine has admitted that he did not behave appropriately in confronting the referee following his side's draw with Norwich - an incident that the club have been charged for
Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino has expressed regret at the way he reacted in the aftermath of his side’s draw with Norwich City.

The Argentine was furious after Mark Clattenburg awarded the Canaries a penalty in the dying minutes of their 0-0 draw, and did not allow Artur Boruc’s save to prevent him from joining his players in angrily surrounding the referee following the final whistle.

The Football Association has now charged the club with failing to control their players, and Pochettino admits that his behaviour did not help the situation.

"All managers have to set an example," the Saints boss told BBC Radio Solent.

"It is hard to control your emotions in such a difficult and important game for us, especially when you concede a penalty against your own interests.

"At that time it is hard to control your emotions. We all thought it was not a penalty and an unjust call and we were all upset and angry at that moment."

When asked whether he regretted his actions, the former Espanyol manager conceded: "In a way, yes.

"Nonetheless I approached him with full respect but perhaps I should have waited for him to come to the dugout. But still I approached him with full respect.

"I experience all games with a lot of intensity. I am fully aware of the club's situation and what is at stake in every single game. I'm dedicated to the job and I care about the club."

Southampton have until 16:00GMT on Friday to respond to the charge.