Alan Pardew could well get a fine and also a suspension, after he was seen to push the referee’s assistant when the assistant didn’t flag for the ball being out of play on the touchline, and Spurs made a quick attack with Newcastle short at the back.
Alan Pardew – pushed official in second half
It happened in the second half after about an hour, and the ball did look out, but you cannot do that kind of thing to the officials, and Alan will likely get some kind of penalty from the English FA.
Alan went into the stands and initially sat next to Managing Director Derek LLambias, and tried to get a walkie talkie working to communicate with the Assistant Manager John Carver, but Alan seemed to give up on that – so much for advanced technology.
In the end, Alan got his instructions relayed to John via officials running down the to the bench with Alan’s instructions, but from now on surely we can have a walkie talkie that works, just in case the Newcastle manager has another rush of blood on the touchline.
Alan told ESPN after the game today:
“It was ridiculous really, I have to apologise publicly, I’ve been to see the officials already.” “I’ve been telling my players this week to behave and have the Olympic spirit. I can only apologise. It was stupid. I don’t know what I was thinking.”
A fine, a touchline ban or both could now follow from the Football Association.