The FA have made public a list of 10 reasons Alan Pardew and his legal team put forward in his defence against the Hull headbutt charge.
The FA detailed who was there;
Mr. A Pardew was present and was represented by Ms J Mulcahy as counsel. Also in attendance was Lee Charnley (NUFC Secretary), Richard Bevan (LMA) and a Mr B Neville (Pardew’s advisor).
The Newcastle manager’s previous misconduct was read out which was;
29th August 2009 – Improper Conduct – warned and fined £1,000
20th April 2010 – Improper Conduct – 2 match touchline ban suspended until 1st June 2011 (not activated).
21st August 2011 – Media Comments – Warned.
18th August 2012 – Pushing a Match Official – 2 match touchline ban and fined £20,000.
Then the 10 reasons put forward in his defence;
- He clearly accepted responsibility for his actions on the day;
- He made a full apology directly after the game;
- In his opinion did not instigate the incident;
- The incident took place against a background of an important fixture (but NUFC were winning 3-1 at the time)
- He meant no physical harm to the player and there was no attempts to use force (however the video shows Mr Pardew was not pushed over as both he and counsel suggested at the hearing and that he did in fact only step back one or two paces following the push to his chest and then he moved some 5 or 6 paces to confront the player);
- He was fined £100,000 by his club the same day and was warned by the club;
- He is seeking to address his behaviour by taking an executive leadership and management programme with the LMA (League Managers Association);
- He has shown remorse;
- He is supported by the club;
- He sent a personal letter of apology to the manager of Hull City FC
In considering the sanction to be imposed the Commission considered initially a 5 match stadium ban and a higher fine but, based on the mitigation presented, together with the action taken by the club and Mr Pardew, the Regulatory Commission came to the conclusion that the appropriate sanction set out below was fair, reasonable and proportionate and thus ordered;
Mr Pardew warned as to his future conduct.
Be suspended immediately until such time as Newcastle United FC has completed 7 first team matches. The first 3 matches imposed are a stadium ban with the remaining 4 a touchline ban form first team fixtures.
Mr Pardew is fined the sum of £60,000
There was no order of costs made against Mr Pardew.