Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has until 6:00 pm today, to respond the FA charge of misconduct, but it’s almost certain that he will accept the charge made against him – when he head butted Hull City player Davide Meyler in the game at Hull last Saturday.
David Meyler and Alan Pardew last Saturday – oh my
However, the Chronicle is reporting today they believe Alan will request a personal hearing next week, in front of the three-man FA committee.
It’s an important meeting for Alan and Newcastle if that happens, because he will get a ban and the worst thing that could happen is if it’s a stadium ban he gets rather than just a touch-line ban.
Maybe the best thing that the manager can expect is a five game touch-line ban, but the English media has been going crazy, some even suggesting a stadium ban through the end of the season would be what he gets, but that would be grossly unfair.
However, this is the FA in action, and you can never accuse them of being logical about anything they do, if history is to be any guide.
And if Pardew is requesting a personal hearing, then we’ll not know what ban he gets until sometime next week, so this thing will just drag on.
We just hope John Carver and the coaches along with Alan are getting to know how yo use those walkie-talkie sets – or if he gets a stadium ban – how he phones in from his home.
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