NEWCASTLE United boss Ala Pardew could be in hot water with football authorities after pushing an assistant referee in the exciting victory over Tottenham Hotspur.
Pardew publicly apologised for his actions and said he had said sorry privately to the oficial.
But should the incident be mentioned in referee Martin Atkinson’s match report, Pardew could well face a fine or a ban, or both.
Hatem Ben Arfa’s late penalty gave Newcastle a 2-1 victory after Jermain Defoe replied to Demba Ba’s opener.
However, Pardew was sent to the stands for pushing linesman Peter Kirkup while complaining about the ball going out for a throw-in during an attack by Andre Villas Boas’ side.
“We’re overjoyed about the result but I hold my head in shame,” Pardew explained.
“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 [to the dressing room] and said I’m sorry [to the referees] and said I would have to apologise publicly too because it was ridiculous.”