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    Newcastle boss Pardew charged with misconduct

    London: Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was charged with misconduct by the English Football Association on Monday after he pushed a match official on the opening day of the Premier League season.

    Pardew was sent to the stands during Saturday's 2-1 victory over Tottenham for shoving referee's assistant Peter Kirkup following a disputed throw-in.

    Despite apologizing after the match, Pardew is now facing a touchline ban and or a fine.

    He has until 1500 GMT on Thursday to respond to the charge, but appears unlikely to contest the charge.

    "It was ridiculous and I apologize publicly," Pardew said after Saturday's match. "I thought the ball was out, I shoved him. I have pleaded with my players to behave and follow the Olympic spirit."