Referee Mike Atkinson will submit his report to the FA today, and what he says about the Alan Pardew incident, when the Newcastle manager shoved the referee’s assistant Stuart Burt in the second half, will help decide the punishment Alan will receive, but surely a two match touchline ban is the very most he will receive - if that.
Alan Pardew pushes Stuart Burt – it wasn’t vicious
When you see the incident again, it’s not half as bad as some in the press have been making out, and it would be wrong to hand Alan Pardew a punishment that is out of line with what he did.
And the way that Alan has handled himself since the end of the game will also help him, as he went to personally apologize to the assistant and the referee, and his comments in the press have been appropriate as he said he was wrong, he shouldn’t have done it, and he apologized 100%.
Alan is embarrassed more than anything for the push (or was it a shove?), which of course happened in the spur of the moment, but cannot do that, and he knows it.
This is what Alan said in the Newcastle Journal this morning:
“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.” “We have a lot of games coming up and it’s going to be important that our best players have their energy levels up.”
Pardew may even get off with only a fine which would be the best outcome for him and Newcastle, but it shouldn’t be many games if he gets a touchline ban.
And the Newcastle manager is a very good coach on the sidelines, as once again he changed the formation at half time, and it worked by packing five midfield and playing only Papiss Cisse up front, and even though he was on the left wing Demba Ba still managed to score and what a goal it was.
If Newcastle can keep Ba and Cisse fit this season, we’ll be in every single game this season, because these lads can score at any time from the smallest of chances, as Demba Ba did on Saturday.
And the fact that Ba elected to stay on Tyneside, and not leave for bigger money elsewhere, makes him look golden among Newcastle fans at the moment – he’s certainly a great player.
How much did we pay for him again?
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