Newcastle's Pardew charged for push on official
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.''