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Pardew Follows In Wenger’s Footsteps

9 years ago

Alan Pardew is likely to get a seat in the stands for up to three matches following his push on the dopey linesman during Saturday’s match.

The FA issued a non-standard misconduct charge for the incident and there is a similar precedent two years ago when Arsene Wenger pushed Martin Atkinson at the end of Arsenal’s game at sunderland. Wenger was also fined £8,000 for the push on Atkinson, who was the fourth official that day, the Frenchman failing with his defence of not having seen the incident….

However, Pardew’s may be seen as more serious and lead to a two or three match touchline ban, the push having occurred on the side of the pitch in front of a TV audience and not while the manager and officials were heading towards the tunnel as happened with the Arsenal manager.

Alan Pardew has until 4pm on Thursday to contest the charge though it is hoped that his instant public and personal apologies will help the cause.

Alan Pardew “I’m still embarrassed about what I did. I’ve never done anything like that before. I’ve apologised to him and I can’t really do any more than that.

Here’s me telling my players this week to behave themselves, follow the Olympic spirit, be humble and do everything in the right way, and they did. Apart from me. It was a stupid moment. The linesman just happened to be standing right in front of me when I thought the ball was out. I gave him a little shove and unfortunately found myself in the stands. I apologised, 100 % it was silly. I’ve been to see him and we sort of smiled about it. What can I do? I can’t turn the clock back so I have to take my punishment”.

Our manager has been a naughty boy but it is still worth having another look below and a smile.

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