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Pardew snapped watching Newcastle reserves – despite stadium ban

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Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew could find himself in trouble after he was photographed apparently defying his stadium ban by watching the reserves play on Monday night.

Pardew was suspended from the touchline for seven matches and banned from entering stadia for three games after his headbutt on Hull City’s David Meyler:



He was nowhere to be seen on Saturday, when his side lost 1-0 at Fulham, but it appears a touch rich of him to rock up to watch the second string in action against Whitley Bay:

We say he ‘could be in trouble’ as opposed to ‘will be in trouble’ for a reason – while Early Doors is pretty clear on the Laws of the Game, there is little provision for such incidents.

A player, for example, would be banned from reserve team activity if he was suspended – but does that apply to a first-team manager?

Does a stadium ban extend beyond professional stadia? The Northumberland Senior Cup match was not played at St James’ Park but at Hillheads Park instead. Is that – as a local ground which is also used by non-league Whitley Bay – exempt from such a ban?

The Toon fan who snapped him - Chris Pace - made his feelings clear though:

"He's a liar who contradicts constantly and a patsy who brings disrepute on our once proud club."


Questions questions – and ones which Newcastle and the FA will no doubt have to answer soon enough.

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