Friday, 26th April, 2013
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has called on the English Football Association to be more "exact" on the provisions of rendering bans.
The English tactician’s statement comes after the governing body launched a retrospective investigation and slapped Liverpool’s enigmatic forward Luis Suarez with a ten-game ban for biting Chelsea’s Serbian centre-back Branislav Ivanovic in the two sides’ intense 2-2 draw at Anfield last weekend.
Some weeks before, Newcastle’s Massadio Haidara was stretchered off the pitch due to a "horror" tackle made by Wigan Athletic striker Callum McManaman. While video replays suggest that McManaman’s challenge warranted a red card, referee Mark Halsey gave the Wigan player no punishment, prompting a clash between the two sides during half-time.
The incident was not looked at by the English FA due to FIFA regulations stating that retrospective action can only be taken should match officials have missed the incident. In the Haidara case, one of the assistant referees was said to have seen the challenge and did not see anything wrong with it.
"It would be interesting for all Premier League managers to know why it’s ten games", Pardew told the BBC. "There needs to be a procedure for us managers to know where we stand with these disciplinary decisions."
While Pardew admits Suarez’s actions were "shocking", the manager said there should be some sense of "exactness" when it came to such rulings by the FA.
"It’s an incident that everybody was shocked by. Suarez probably even shocked himself by doing it. But you have got young kids playing in the park and obviously we don’t want to see that kind of action.
"Having said that, we feel that some of the fines we have taken at this football club are fair, but you do want to get a general feel of exactly why these decisions are made", Pardew concluded.
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