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Pardew given touchline ban

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has been given a two-match suspension after being found guilty of improper conduct by the FA.

Pardew, 51, has also received a £20,000 fine for being sent off during his side's clash with Tottenham for a push on an assistant referee.

He was immediately sent to the stands by referee Martin Atkinson following the incident at St James' Park.

The Newcastle boss will be banned from the touchline for the club's forthcoming games against Everton and Norwich.

A statement on the FA website said: "Following an Independent Regulatory Commission held today [Monday 3 September 2012], Newcastle United manager 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 Hotspur on 18 August 2012. 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 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 [to the referees] and said I would have to apologise publicly too because it was ridiculous.''

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