Newcastle's Pardew charged for push on official

Newcastle's Pardew charged for push on official

Published Aug. 20, 2012 5:45 p.m. ET

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was charged with misconduct by the English Football Association on Monday after he pushed a match official on the opening day of the Premier League season.

Pardew was sent to the stands during Saturday's 2-1 victory over Tottenham for shoving referee's assistant Peter Kirkup following a disputed throw-in.

Despite apologizing after the match, Pardew is facing a sideline ban and-or a fine.

He has until Thursday to respond to the charge, but appears unlikely to contest the charge.


''It was ridiculous and I apologize publicly,'' Pardew said after Saturday's match. ''I thought the ball was out, I shoved him. I have pleaded with my players to behave and follow the Olympic spirit.''