Touchline ban might be in pipeline for pushy Pardew despite apology to assistant referee
21:29 GMT, 19 August 2012
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is facing a touchline ban and fine for shoving assistant referee Peter Kirkup in his side’s win over Tottenham on Saturday.
The FA will study referee Martin Atkinson’s report on Monday after the referee sent Pardew to the stands for pushing the linesman in the back.
The incident was missed by Atkinson but
fourth official Lee Mason was standing behind Pardew and Kirkup in the
tunnel and immediately reported it to Atkinson.
Flashpoint: Newcastle manager Alan Pardew pushes referee's assistant Stuart Burt
Incensed that Kirkup had missed a throw-in for his team, which led to a shot flying narrowly wide from Aaron Lennon, Pardew had reacted angrily. He impulsively lunged at Kirkup with his right hand when the official appeared in front of him at the edge of his technical dug-out.
Kirkup turned to Pardew and appeared to mouth ‘don’t push me’ before Mason, and Pardew’s assistant John Carver intervened. Mason alerted Atkinson and the referee sent Pardew to the stands for the final 20 minutes.
View point: Pardew looks on from the stands
The Newcastle manager watched from the directors’ box as his side lost their lead and then regained it.
He had to rely on several members of staff running up and down the three flights of the main stand to relay messages to coaches Carver and Steve Stone after a walkie-talkie failed to function.
Pardew went without argument when he was sent upstairs, he shook Mason’s hand before departing, and apologised to Kirkup straight after the game.