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Pardew facing hefty stadium ban - and anger management

ESPN staff
March 3, 2014
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Newcastle boss Alan Pardew may be encouraged to take anger management classes in a bid to calm down his touchline antics, according to several reports in the British press.

Pardew is facing severe action from the FA, which could culminate in a hefty stadium ban, after he headbutted David Meyler during Newcastle's 4-1 win at Hull City on Saturday.

The 52-year-old apologised in the aftermath of the incident but Newcastle reacted swiftly and fined Pardew £100,000 for his misdemeanour as well as issuing him with a formal warning. Pardew later accepted the sanction from the club.

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However, Pardew could now become the first manager to be handed a Premier League stadium ban should the FA decide to throw the book at him. The FA has issued the punishment before; Steve Evans was handed a stadium ban in September 2012 for abusive behaviour while former Blackpool manager Paul Ince received similar last October, following a foul-mouthed tirade at a fourth official.

Furthermore, League Managers Association chief Richard Bevan condemned Pardew's behaviour and insisted his actions are "insupportable."

"It's unacceptable, it's inappropriate and it's insupportable from every perspective and Alan knows that. The buck stops with Alan," Bevan said.

"He immediately realised the serious error, made sincere apologies to all parties and obviously has deep regret.But Alan does need to think hard about how not to put himself in that position again."

"I was pleased to see Newcastle in a very short period of time making a very swift, professional response that provided Alan with a very heavy fine and a formal warning.

"In the communication I've had with Alan, he's extremely sorry regarding the incident and we're going to talk later about it as well.

"It shows you the strains even when a manager's team is in a winning position, but it didn't take Alan half a second to realise it was unacceptable."

Pardew was banned from the touchline last season after an altercation with an assistant referee, while he was also warned of his conduct in January following a heated exchange with Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini.

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