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Alan Pardew Charged By The FA

Mon 3rd Mar 2014 | Football Governance

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has been charged by the Football Association (FA) in relation to an incident during their victory over Hull City on Saturday.

Pardew was involved in an apparent head butting incident with Hull City player, David Meyler that the FA deemed to have 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,” read an FA statement. “Pardew has until 6pm on Thursday 6 March 2014 to respond to the charge.”

Pardew has already been fined £100,000 and handed a formal warning by Newcastle United and apologised for his actions in a statement on the club’s website.

Ashley Wootton at leading law firm Thomas Eggar LLP believes that Pardew now faces a lengthy touchline ban from the FA and possible gross misconduct charges by the club.

He said, “Alan Pardew, Newcastle United’s manager is facing the possibility of a lengthy touchline ban from the FA and the possibility of further disciplinary sanctions from the club.  

“There are reports that, depending on the severity of the FA’s charge against Pardew, the club could potentially investigate Pardew for an act of gross misconduct.

“Pardew is reportedly 2 years into an 8 year deal he signed in 2012.  

“A gross misconduct dismissal would represent Newcastle summarily dismissing Pardew for breach of contract. The effect of that would be that Newcastle could walk away from a potential 6 year pay off figure that Pardew would otherwise be entitled to if he was dismissed for any other reason.  

“The question therefore will be whether the act is enough to constitute gross misconduct?  

“Given the incident was caught on TV, the evidence against Pardew is strong.  However, whether it is reasonable in all the circumstances to dismiss is open to debate.  

“Those against will argue that players have done far worse and not been sacked, therefore why should it be any different for a manager?  That argument can be countered by reference to the need to lead by example and promote the club’s interests by acting professionally and with integrity.

“It is likely the FA will charge Pardew and ban him for a relatively long period.  If Newcastle believe that the effect of that ban and the negative PR associated with the incident becomes too much, they may suspend their manager with a view to dismissing him for gross misconduct.”

Image: Action Images / Ed Sykes

Posted by: Aaron Gourley 

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