As expected, the English Football Association have charged Alan Pardew with improper conduct, following the incident with Steven Meyler in Newcastle’s match with Hull City on Saturday afternoon.
Alan Pardew – charged with improper conduct
This is the statement just released by the FA:
“Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has been charged in relation to an incident in his side’s game against Hull City on 1 March 2014.”
“It is alleged that in the 72nd minute of the fixture, Pardew was involved in an incident with a Hull City player that amounted to improper conduct.”
“Due to the serious violent and/or aggressive nature of the reported behavior, this case has been designated as non-standard.” “Pardew has until 6pm on Thursday 6 March 2014 to respond to the charge.”
It’s not good that the FA have called this case non-standard, because it’s likely to get a non standard penalty – like a big one.
Chief Inspector Rich Kirven had this to say:
“We have been working with the FA and the football club to progress the matter appropriately.” “Having reviewed the circumstances of the incident, it has been agreed that the matter will be dealt with by the FA rather than considering any criminal proceedings.
“There has been no complaint received from the player involved or Hull City Association Football Club at this time.” “Whilst we appreciate that some people may have found the behavior displayed at the game on Saturday offensive, Humberside Police will not be taking any further action.”
It seems the penalty Alan will receive will get announced sometime on Thursday, unless Alan Pardew and Newcastle appeal this charge – which is very unlikely.
We probably have to be ready for a big suspension of a number of games for the Newcastle manager, but Liverpool’s Luis Suarez got eight games, but he nearly bit a Chelsea player’s ear off to get that many.
Maybe five games suspension would be about right?