Newcastle's Pardew charged for push on official

BY foxsports • August 20, 2012

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.''


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