There was a report in the Mirror last night that the FA are considering appealing the punishment that was given out yesterday to Alan Pardew for his head butt on Hull City player Davide Meyler – a seven game ban – the first three games of which are a stadium ban, and the last four are a touchline ban – plus a £60,000 fine.
Alan Pardew – reports FA think punishment is too lenient
Most reports of the ban indicated it was fairly severe, but there are reports the FA are surprised and disappointed it was so lenient, and may make an appeal to the very commission they appointed to give Alan Pardew the punishment they thought he deserved.
There is also news that mixing a stadium ban, where Alan is apparently not allowed to have any input whatsoever while the game is being played, and a touchline ban was a surprise to the FA.
The FA are waiting until they get the full report from the three-man commission, which will more fully explain the reasons they thought the seven match ban plus a 60,000 fine was appropriate.
A seven match ban is hardly lenient, and we think this could be an attempt by some in the media to keep this thing going – maybe it’s selling some papers for them.
But we don;t think this is too lenient – and as we mentioned yesterday, this will cost Newcastle some points in the run-in to the season, and we’ve shot ourselves in the foot once again.
Note: Owen Frost is running from Inverness to London for Cancer Research UK in memory of his mother, who unfortunately passed away in December. Owen starts at Inverness on 15th July and finishes in London on 6th August – please see if you can support Owen here.