ALAN PARDEW will not dispute the Football Association’s charge of improper conduct for his disgraceful behaviour at Hull City and the Newcastle United manager faces a massive ban.
There have been calls from across football and beyond for the Magpies boss to be made an example of for the way he pushed his head in the direction of Hull City’s David Meyler’s face in the second half of Saturday’s 4-1 win at the KC Stadium.
And the FA have left the door open for a hefty punishment by labelling the case as ‘non-standard’ because the situation is so unusual in English football.
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Pardew showed contrition by acknowledging his actions in the immediate aftermath of the game at Hull, but that is unlikely to prevent the FA from throwing the book at him.
Newcastle have already issued him with a formal warning and a £100,000 fine for his stupidity and now the 52-year-old is waiting to hear what English football’s governing body decide.
The FA statement said: "It is alleged that in the 72nd minute of the fixture, Pardew was involved in an incident with a Hull City player that amounted to improper conduct.
“Due to the serious violent and/or aggressive nature of the reported behaviour this case has been designated as non-standard. Pardew has until 6pm on Thursday, March 6 to respond to the charge.”
Pardew learned yesterday that Humberside Police will not be criminal proceedings against him. There have be no complaints received from neither Meyler nor Hull.
Humberside Police Chief Inspector Rich Kirven said: “While we appreciate that some people may have found the behavior displayed at the game on Saturday offensive, Humberside Police will not be taking any further action.”
But that will not deter the FA when they investigate the events, having already indicated to sources that he will be severely punished for his actions.
Former Newcastle chairman Freddy Shepherd understands why. He said: “It will be bigger than a ten-match ban. They will really go to town.
“He is human and he lost the plot. The club have done the right thing in giving him a huge fine, a month’s wages. He has apologised and he should never have done it.
“It was ridiculous but he will face the penalty and carry that around for the rest of his life. Twenty million people saw it and I have a feeling the FA will really make an example of him.”
Leading figures from within the FA are believed to view the Pardew-Meyler incident as worse than the one that saw Paul Ince handed a five-game stadium ban in October for shoving an official when he was Blackpool boss.
Pardew already has his card marked for pushing assistant referee Peter Kirkup at Tottenham in September 2012. He was fined £20,000 on that occasion and handed a two-match touchline ban.
A stadium ban served by Ince is being strongly suggested again this time, but it would come as no surprise if it is much longer and there are suggestions it could be for the rest of the season.
The FA know they have a little more time to decide on a suitable punishment because Newcastle, who are out of the FA Cup, do not play again until March 15 trip to Fulham.
Ironically the fall-out from the visit to Hull has overshadowed what was an impressive away day performance from Newcastle.
Alan Pardew clashes with David Meyler on Saturday
The 4-1 victory strengthened hopes of a top seven finish and Pardew, who has been told he will not be losing his job over the latest furore, will be looking to strengthen his squad again in the summer.
But one of the club’s leading transfer targets, Remy Cabella, has again been told he would be silly to move to Tyneside.
Montpellier president Louis Niccolin said: “In England you have to go to Arsenal, Chelsea or any of the two Manchester teams.
“If Newcastle would offer €20m and Arsenal €5m? I think I would not sell him. I am capable of doing that. I won’t prevent him, but I think he is not made for that.
“Would I advise him against joining Newcastle? Yes, definitely. Arsenal why not? For my dear Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Newcastle was not Eldorado.”
* Newcastle Under-21s lost 2-1 at Blackburn last night. Jamaican teenager Rolando Aarons cancelled out Blackburn’s opener through Paul Jorge to level things before half-time.
But then Jordan Preston put Rovers back in front in the second half of a game in which Gael Bigirimana returned from injury.
Newcastle: Mitchell; Sterry, Williams, Satka, Gibson (McKinnon 73), Richardson, Bigirimana (Gillead 62), Olley, Aarons, Quinn, Armstong. Subs (not used): Pearson, Barlaser, Roberts.