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:
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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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