Anelka should have been banned for more matches than Pardew

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Why the FA have got it all wrong with Newcastle discipline

Date: 15th March 2014 at 10:46am
Written by Chris Knight

On Tuesday it was announced that Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew had been penalised by the Football Association with a seven match suspension and a £60,000 fine for his headbutt on Hull City's David Meyler. Pardew has accepted his punishment, the heaviest ever sanction placed upon a Premier League manager, and told the club's official website "I deeply regret the incident and again wholeheartedly apologise to all parties for my conduct, which I understand was not acceptable." In an ideal world, the verdict should have dissipated the furore and intense media scrutiny which the incident attracted. In reality however, the inconsistency in the FA's judgement has only served to further the discussion over the matter and raise huge question marks over their decision making process. Pardew deserved to be punished for such a ridiculous action and English football's governing body were correct to establish an independent regulatory commission to review and sanction ... Read More

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