Perspective needed on Pardew headbutt

Worcester News: Perspective needed on Pardew headbutt Perspective needed on Pardew headbutt

THERE never seems to be a shortage of controversy in football and Alan Pardew has ensured that is the case again.

Pundits have been falling over themselves to pillory the Newcastle United manager following his moment of madness against Hull City, in which he headbutted midfielder David Meyler.

First in the queue was the BBC's Robbie Savage, who suggested that the Football Association should "throw the book" at Pardew and ban him for 10 games.

A typically knee-jerk reaction from someone who, let's face it, was no stranger to a bit of physicality during his playing days.

Now, I'm not for one moment condoning what Pardew did. It was totally reprehensible and he deserves any punishment coming his way.

But I would call for a bit of perspective. Such scenes, sadly, are not uncommon on a football field and a lot less is made of them.

Usually, a player will be charged with violent conduct, served with a three-match ban and the matter closed.

Newcastle have already fined Pardew £100,000 and given him a formal warning. The FA will rightly investigate and take their own action.

Interestingly, there is a precedent here. In 2007, now Cheltenham Town manager Mark Yates was given a four-match ban for headbutting Exeter City striker Lee Elam while in charge of Kidderminster Harriers.

Yates was also fined £350 for the incident, which took place at the end of the Aggborough match with Harriers losing 2-0.

Although Pardew's case will judged in isolation, on the face of it there doesn't appear to be much difference between the two.

The fact one was in non-league and the other in the Premier League should not matter, even if the FA want to make an example of the Magpies boss.

Where they differ is that Pardew has previous when it comes to touchline misdemeanors and that will no doubt count against him, so expect a lengthy ban.

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3:58pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Doogie 46 says...

I seem to remember a similar incident involving then City Assistant Manager Andy Morrison - didn`t he have an altercation with a Kidderminster Harriers player causing a pre-season friendly to be abandoned (due to that player having clogged Adam Webster causing a serious injury)
It has to be said that Pardew has a poor disciplinary record, although to be fair, the way Newcastle United is run by Ashley and his cohorts, many managers would end up in strait jackets.
I seem to remember a similar incident involving then City Assistant Manager Andy Morrison - didn`t he have an altercation with a Kidderminster Harriers player causing a pre-season friendly to be abandoned (due to that player having clogged Adam Webster causing a serious injury) It has to be said that Pardew has a poor disciplinary record, although to be fair, the way Newcastle United is run by Ashley and his cohorts, many managers would end up in strait jackets. Doogie 46
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10:44pm Tue 4 Mar 14

liketoknow says...

nothing would surprise me about football, what with the play acting and .'special ' comments from certain managers the game is in serious danger of losing it's credibility . the game is surely better off without these circus style antics. let's face it , behaviour like this would not be tolerated outside of a football stadium , it all leaves a bad taste.
nothing would surprise me about football, what with the play acting and .'special ' comments from certain managers the game is in serious danger of losing it's credibility . the game is surely better off without these circus style antics. let's face it , behaviour like this would not be tolerated outside of a football stadium , it all leaves a bad taste. liketoknow
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8:37pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Jim F says...

It amazes me that a complaint to the police has not been made with a criminal prosecution to follow. Had such an incident have been witnessed by the police in Worcester High Street the culprit would have been arrested and taken into custody. As it happens millions have witnessed the offence and a diabolical example to youngsters has been set. Ashley still awaits the outcome from the FA; when the lengthy ban is announced Pardew will justifiably be sacked. I can only assume that the Worcester News "perspective" comment is a wind up.
It amazes me that a complaint to the police has not been made with a criminal prosecution to follow. Had such an incident have been witnessed by the police in Worcester High Street the culprit would have been arrested and taken into custody. As it happens millions have witnessed the offence and a diabolical example to youngsters has been set. Ashley still awaits the outcome from the FA; when the lengthy ban is announced Pardew will justifiably be sacked. I can only assume that the Worcester News "perspective" comment is a wind up. Jim F
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