Newcastle boss hit with FA charge for improper conduct

The FA has charged Newcastle manager, Alan Pardew, with improper conduct following comments made before the club’s game against Sunderland nearly two weeks ago.

In a pre-match interview, the manager said: “The referee needs to make sure he referees the game from a completely neutral point of view.”

The comments imply that the manager may not have had the belief that referee, Howard Webb, was capable of officiating the match from a fair perspective.

The Magpies went on to win the Tyne/Wearside derby 1-0.

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