Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Fury at Pardew Ban

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Fury at Pardew Ban

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Byline: Michael Brown Reporter

NEWCASTLE United fans have reacted angrily after the FA gave manager Alan Pardew a three game stadium ban, four game touchline ban and PS60,000 fine.

Pardew had pleaded guilty to headbutting Hull City's David Meyler during a touchline bust-up on March 1, and yesterday appeared before an independent disciplinary panel.

But many supporters felt the punishment handed down was too harsh, claiming Pardew had been victim of a "trial by media against a wee club from the North" and that the assault had been nothing but a "storm in a teacup."

United itself said in a statement that the club would not be appealing and "now wish to draw a line under the matter."

While speaking after the decision, Pardew said: "As I have made clear, I deeply regret the incident and again wholeheartedly apologise to all parties for my conduct, which I understand was not acceptable. I will accept the punishment handed down by the FA.

"My focus now turns to preparing the team for this weekend's game against Fulham and finishing the season as strongly as possible."

A number of supporters took to the Chronicle website and Facebook page to have their say, with the general mood summed up by former Newcastle City Council traffic light technician Neil Watson. "Bit harsh," he said. "But thats the cost of having emotions. The drones at FA should assess this concept of 'emotion' and knock a couple of banned games off."

But Mark Jensen, editor of The Mag fanzine, said he thought the punishment had been spot on. "I think it's in the ballpark considering it's one of those where he'd already admitted his guilt, was represented by a QC at his hearing, and there was talk of precedent with someone from a lower league having been given a four match ban.

"I thought it would be somewhere between four and 10 games, which would have been the rest of the season, and he's received about the middle punishment when you look at it like that. …

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