ALAN Pardew was today facing a long touchline ban for his push on a linesman in Newcastle United’s win over Tottenham Hotspur.
Pardew will be hit with a Football Association charge for his actions on Saturday.
Frustrated at a decision over a throw-in in the second half, he pushed the assistant referee in front of the dugout.
And referee Martin Atkinson sent Pardew to the stands for the rest of a game.
Pardew apologised to the official after the final whistle – both in private and public – but the FA are likely to take a dim view of the incident.
“What I did was absolutely ridiculous, and I apologise to my team and to the linesman,” Pardew said.
“Getting sent to the stand is something I don’t want to do as Newcastle manager.”
Pardew revealed after the game he had talked about the importance of discipline to his players.
And he admitted he was embarrassed to be facing a FA charge himself, having talked about taking the “Olympic spirit” into the new season.
Reflecting on the incident, Pardew added: “I thought (the ball) was out.
“He was right in front of me, and I don’t think I pushed him that hard, but he took a stumble and unfortunately that was that.
“I went into see him and gave him a little cuddle. I apologised to the linesman, and that’s all I can do.
“I don’t know what I was thinking.”
The FA said they won’t comment until they receive Atkinson’s report from the game.
Meanwhile, Pardew hailed Hatem Ben Arfa for his match-winning performance against Spurs.
The forward won and converted the penalty that gave United a 2-1 season-opening win over Andre Villas-Boas’s side.
“He was the bright spark in our team – you need a player to sometimes unlock defences,” Pardew said.
“He took people on all day, and got both of their central midfield players booked in the first half. Then he won us the penalty.
“People talk about passing and moving in the game, but actually it’s people taking people on that fans really love.
“The other side to him was that he did the job defensively for us.
“He tucked in, put tackles in and won a header. He was disciplined, he kept it simple when he needed to, and he was definitely in my opinion man of the match.”