FA fires warning at Alan Pardew after touchline rant

The Football Association has reminded Alan Pardew of his responsibilities after being caught on camera using abusive language towards Manuel Pellegrini during Newcastle’s 2-0 home loss to Manchester City on Sunday, the Guardian reports.

The Newcastle manager has escaped what was a possible touchline ban, or fine, because of his swift public apology to the Chilean.

There have been past incidents when capture of explicit language on camera resulted in punishment, such as Rooney’s two-match ban for swearing on camera against West Ham United back in 2011.

Although still not his finest moment, the incident was different due to the fact that Pardew’s touchline burst was aimed at Pellegrini rather than addressed at the television audience.

“We have been in contact with Alan Pardew and reminded him of his responsibilities,” said an FA spokesman.

In the same game Pardew also lost his cool, running after referee Mike Jones, after Cheik Tiote’s ‘wonder strike’ was controversially chalked off for a Yoan Gouffran offside call.

Former FA Chairman David Bernstein was however disappointed by the lack of punishment given to Pardew.

“When you look at the constant protests on the touchline and the comments afterwards it doesn’t do anyone or the game any good,” said Bernstein.

“It’s a terrible example for the players, let alone the public. I think it’s time managers assumed a much greater sense of responsibility for their behaviour.”

Newcastle will travel to Pardew’s old club West Ham in this weekend’s Premier League fixture.

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