It is now suggested that something as low as a four match Alan Pardew ban could be possible, due to a similar case in 2007.

Following a match between Exeter and Kidderminster Harriers, the Harriers manager Mark Yates headbutted Lee Elam, one of the Exeter players.

Yates was banned for four games by the FA and they also fined him £350, an amount which was calculated based on his wages.

Alan Pardew has been alerted to this previous case and is set to use it when he has his personal hearing with the FA, to try and minimise any punishment.

alan pardew banWhile the Premier League is clearly a bigger stage, it doesn’t necessarily follow that it should then be a bigger punishment.

However, the biggest problem Pardew will have is when the FA take into account the Newcastle manager’s previous.

Pushing linesmen, taunting Martin O’Neill and abusing a pensioner Manchester City manager, will all be stacked against him.

Can the Pardew charm/schmooze get his out of this one and keep the punishment low? I have my doubts.