Alan Pardew banned for pushing ref

September 3, 2012
By Press Association

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew received a two-match touchline ban Monday and was fined 20,000 pounds ($31,772) after accepting a Football Association charge of improper conduct.

The FA confirmed that following an Independent Regulatory Commission meeting, Pardew had been charged following an incident during his side's match against Tottenham on Aug. 18.

Pardew was sent off during the 2-1 win after he pushed linesman Peter Kirkup after claiming the ball had gone out of play during a Spurs attack.

The suspension will take place with immediate effect meaning the Magpies boss will be forced to sit in the stands during the forthcoming Barclays Premier League games against Everton and Norwich.

The Newcastle boss has apologized for his actions, calling it "ridiculous."

After the win over Spurs, Pardew spoke about his misdemeanor, knowing his actions could lead to a ban if referee Martin Atkinson mentioned the incident in his match report.

Speaking at the time, Pardew said: "We're overjoyed about the result but I hold my head in shame.

"I was just saying to the players (beforehand) about the great Olympics and how to set an example and there's me pushing the linesman over. It was comical, he just happened to be right in front of me.

"I went in and said I'm sorry (to the referees) and said I would have to apologize publicly too because it was ridiculous."