The Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has until Thursday at 6;00 pm to respond to the FA charges of improper conduct, and the least the manager and Newcastle should do is to put Alan’s side of the story to the FA, while accepting the charge.
Alan Pardew confronting David Meyler
It’s being reported that Alan Pardew head-butted Steven Meyler, when he lent his head into the Hull City player’s face, and while technicality it probably was a head butt, it was a very soft one – and not one to put Meyler on the floor.
And thank goodness David didn’t writhe on the floor in agony, as some of today’s players would have done.
The other thing the Newcastle manager could point out, is that when he let the ball go under his right foot, Meyler immediately pushed him – and that’s what started the incident.
And it’s like a fight in the school playground – he started it sir!
That should help shouldn’t it?
Well maybe not.
And Alan immediately knew he had done something terribly wrong, and apologized to everybody concerned immediately after the game, and that could help his case – maybe.
But the FA have to also be very careful about overreacting to Pardew’s misdemeanor, as the press are calling for all kinds of ridiculous punishments for Pardew.
They should consider some other recent offenses that managers have committed, and Luis Suarez trying to have Branislav Ivanovic’s ear for dinner last year, and Luis had already committed a similar offense while at Ajax.
Luis got a ten game ban after already receiving a 7 game ban in November, 2010 in Holland for biting Eindhoven PSV midfielder Otman Bakkal.
A reasonable punishment for Pardew would be say a six game touch-line ban and a (very) large fine.
And it may help Pardew that Newcastle took swift and decisive action on Saturday night, by immediately fining their manager £100,000 and giving him a formal; warning.
Those were the decisive actions of a very responsible club – and it was good to see.
We’re not saying that what Pardew did can be defended, and he should certainly accept the charge.
But it would help to put his side of the story, and maybe two things in his favor are that Meyler started it, by pushing the Newcastle manager and the head butt was very soft – everything else is against what Pardew did..
It would also help if Newcastle sent in a letter simply pointing out the circumstances of the incident.
What we don’t want to see is a complete over reaction by the FA fueled by the sport journalists, and this is the FA after all – who are never very logical in anything they do.
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