Pardew banned for shove on official

Congleton Guardian: Alan Pardew has been handed a two-game suspension Alan Pardew has been handed a two-game suspension

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has been given a two-match touchline ban and fined £20,000 after accepting a Football Association charge of improper conduct.

The FA have confirmed that following an Independent Regulatory Commission meeting, Pardew had been charged following an incident during his side's match against Tottenham on August 18.

Pardew was sent off during the 2-1 win after he pushed linesman Peter Kirkup after claiming the ball had gone out of play during a Spurs attack.

The suspension will take place with immediate effect meaning the Magpies boss will be forced to sit in the stands during the forthcoming Barclays Premier League games against Everton and Norwich.

A statement on the FA website said: "Following an Independent Regulatory Commission held today [Monday 3 September 2012], Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has been given a two match touchline suspension and fined £20,000 after he accepted an FA charge of improper conduct.

"Pardew, who requested a personal hearing, was charged following an incident which occurred during his side's match against Tottenham Hotspur on 18 August 2012.

"The suspension will take place with immediate effect."

After the win over Spurs, Pardew spoke about his misdemeanour, knowing his actions could lead to a ban if referee Martin Atkinson mentioned the incident in his match report.

Speaking at the time, Pardew said: "We're overjoyed about the result but I hold my head in shame. I was just saying to the players [beforehand] about the great Olympics and how to set an example and there's me pushing the linesman over. It was comical, he just happened to be right in front of me.

"I went in and said I'm sorry [to the referees] and said I would have to apologise publicly too because it was ridiculous."

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