NEWCASTLE UNITED MANAGER Alan Pardew has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association, after he pushed linesman Stuart Burt during the 2-1 win over Tottenham on Saturday.
Pardew now faces the prospect of a fine and/or touchline ban for an action he himself described as “stupid” and “inexcusable.”
The former Southampton and West Ham boss immediately went to Burt and referee Martin Atkinson – who had sent him to the stands – to apologise after the game.
Pardew said: “It was ridiculous and I apologised publicly. He was right in front of me and I thought the ball was out and I shoved him. I went to see him and told him it was stupid and I don’t know what I was thinking.”
However, that has not stopped the FA from taking action.
“The FA has today [Monday 20 August 2012] charged Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew with misconduct following his side’s match against Tottenham Hotspur on 18 August 2012,” read a statement.
“Pardew has until 4pm on 23 August 2012 to respond to the charge.”