ALAN Pardew will be banned from the touchline for Chris Hughton’s long-awaited return to St James’s Park.
The Newcastle United manager was yesterday handed a two-match dugout ban – and fined £20,000 – by the Football Association.
He admitted a charge of improper conduct for a push on linesman Peter Kirkup in the club’s season-opener against Tottenham Hotspur.
Pardew – who felt the ball had gone out of play – was sent to the stand in the game.
And he will now miss the visit to Everton on September 17, and the home game against former United manager Hughton’s Norwich City five days later.
Pardew apologised to Kirkup after the game, won 2-1 by Newcastle. He also issued a public apology, calling his actions “ridiculous”.
A FA statement read: “Following an Independent Regulatory Commission (hearing), Alan Pardew has been given a two match touchline suspension and fined £20,000 after he accepted an FA charge of improper conduct.
“Pardew, who requested a personal hearing, was charged following an incident which occurred during his side’s match against Tottenham.
“The suspension will take place with immediate effect.”
After the win over Spurs, Pardew spoke about his misdemeanour, knowing his actions could lead to a ban if referee Martin Atkinson mentioned the incident in his match report.
Speaking at the time, Pardew said: “We’re overjoyed about the result, but I hold my head in shame.
“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 and said I’m sorry, and said I would have to apologise publicly too because it was ridiculous.”