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Spurs star Son wants to play at Olympic Games

Tottenham are under no obligation to release Son. Credit: PA

Tottenham forward Son Heung-min faces an anxious wait to find out if his club will grant his wish to play at the Olympic Games this summer.

Son is eager to represent South Korea in Rio and is one his country's star players but participation would seriously curtail his contribution for Spurs at the start of next season.

Tottenham are under no obligation to release Son as the Olympic Games is not currently part of FIFA's international calendar.

"We're still waiting for the decision so I can't say anything," Son said.

"It's a very nice tournament and competition, and every player wants to go to play there.

"I've played in the World Cup and Asian Cup and I haven't played in the Olympics. We'll see what happens."

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Pochettino: Spurs being above Arsenal is not important

Pochettino is not too bothered about finishing above Arsenal. Credit: PA

Mauricio Pochettino insists finishing above Arsenal is not important to Tottenham this season.

Spurs have ended every campaign below their bitter rivals since 1995 but are within touching distance of breaking that streak with two games left to play.

Pochettino's men sit three points clear of the Gunners in second and are also 14 ahead on goal difference, meaning one win will almost certainly be enough.

Tottenham will be hoping to seal that victory when they host Southampton on Sunday but Pochettino maintains Arsenal are not on their agenda.

The Argentinian said:

No, I don't think about that. We have our own challenge but it is not our principle challenge to be above Arsenal. We want to play well and win trophies but this is not important for us.

– Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino

Spurs midfielder Dembele receives six-game ban

Mousa Dembele won't play for while. Credit: PA

Spurs midfielder Mousa Dembele has been handed a six-game ban by the Football Association following his clash with Chelsea striker Diego Costa.

Mousa Dembele will serve a six-match suspension with immediate effect after he committed an act of violent conduct which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video.

The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder accepted the charge but denied The FA’s claim that the standard punishment of three matches which would otherwise apply to this offence was clearly insufficient.

An Independent Regulatory Commission upheld The FA’s claim at a hearing today [Friday 6 May 2016] and ordered that an additional three-match suspension was appropriate.

The player was involved in an incident with Chelsea’s Diego Costa in or around the 45th minute of the fixture at Stamford Bridge on Monday [2 May 2016].

– FA Statement

Spurs midfielder Dembele accepts FA charge

Mousa Dembele faces a ban. Credit: PA

Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele has accepted the Football Association's charge of violent conduct, head coach Mauricio Pochettino has announced.

Dembele appeared to claw his fingers down Diego Costa's cheek during Spurs' 2-2 draw at Chelsea on Monday night.

The Belgian had until 6pm on Thursday to respond but he has not contested the charge and could now face a lengthy suspension.

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Chelsea and Spurs charged by the FA

Both clubs have been charged by the FA. Credit: PA

Tottenham and Chelsea have both been charged with failing to control their players and/or officials following clashes at Monday night's Barclays Premier League match at Stamford Bridge, while Spurs midfielder Mousa Dembele has been charged for an alleged act of violent conduct.

The feisty encounter produced 12 yellow cards as well as two mass brawls, in which both players and coaches were involved, as Chelsea fought back from two goals down to draw 2-2, a result which handed the title to Leicester.

Dembele appeared to claw his fingers down Diego Costa's face during a skirmish at the end of the first half.

The Football Association confirmed a disciplinary case had now been opened, which in Dembele's case could lead to an extended ban if proven.

A statement read:

Both Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur have been charged for three breaches of FA Rule E20 for failing to control their players and/or officials. It follows incidents which occurred in the 45th and 87th minutes and also at the end of the game at Stamford Bridge on Monday night [2 May 2016].

Both clubs have until 6pm on Monday 9 May 2016 to respond to their charge. Meanwhile, Mousa Dembele has been charged for an alleged act of violent conduct which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video during the same game.

The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder was involved in an incident with Chelsea's Diego Costa near the end of the first half. Further, it is alleged the player's behaviour constituted violent conduct in circumstances where the standard punishment of three matches that would otherwise apply is clearly insufficient. The player has until 6pm on Thursday 5 May 2016 to respond to the charge.

– Football Association statement

Danny Rose apologises for Stamford Bridge scenes

Referee Mark Clattenburg showed 12 yellow cards at Stamford Bridge. Credit: PA

Danny Rose apologised for setting a bad example after frustrations boiled over during Tottenham's bad-tempered 2-2 draw with Chelsea.

There was certainly no love lost between the two sides at Stamford Bridge as a feisty encounter produced 12 yellow cards as well as two mass brawls, in which both players and coaches were involved.

Tottenham and Chelsea may yet face retrospective action from the Football Association, with Mousa Dembele likely to be punished after he appeared to claw his fingers down Diego Costa's face.

There were several other unsavoury incidents during the game, with matters coming to a head at full-time when a melee in the tunnel resulted in Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink being pushed to the ground.

Rose, who sparked the first brawl after clashing with Willian, said he was sorry if the game set a bad example.

"It is not nice to see for kids here or kids watching on TV. I apologise if it looked bad on TV," Rose said.

"It is a London derby. It is to be expected. We wanted to win and they wanted to stop us having any more say in the title race.

"There are no bad words to say about Chelsea. These are the games you want to be part of. It was a great game."

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