ALAN Pardew last night demanded consistency and clarity from the FA regarding how they hand out retrospective punishments.
Newcastle United’s manager was more bewildered than angry about the fact Wigan’s Colin McManaman escaped any sort of censure for his over-the-top challenge on Massadio Haidara, while Luis Suarez has this week been hit with a 10-game ban for his already infamous biting incident.
The Liverpool striker’s enforced absence from football begins tomorrow when his side come to Tyneside for what is undoubtedly a massive game for Newcastle and Pardew.
But the furore over the player’s behaviour will to some extent overshadow the match.
The United boss is understandably perplexed the current FA rules dictated it was right for McManaman to be let off, while in similar circumstances Suarez is out until late September.
And it is something he wants sorted out in the wake of the Suarez scandal.
Pardew said: “I think the difference between the two incidents was that the linesman saw the tackle in our game, but the linesman didn’t see the incident with Suarez.
“One of the officials did see the tackle and from the angle he saw it didn’t think it was as bad as it was. Therefore, the committee that judged on McManaman ruled that it had been seen.
“I don’t think that’s reasonable. If it’s clear then the referee sees it and sends the guy off. If a referee gives a decision that isn’t correct then you can appeal and you can win the appeal.
“You can overturn a three-match ban. So when they see that McManaman tackle again they must know he has to be sent off. My argument is that that is a flaw in the system.
“I think all Premier League managers are looking for that committee to give us the answers as to why and to clear up a few grey areas.
“You’re always going to have grey areas when it comes to discipline and fines but at least have some consistency. It’s consistency of fines we’re looking for.
“I haven’t got a massive problem with that, but it’s nice to have some transparency and consistency with the disciplinary committee.”
Pardew hopes that a structure can be put in place this summer in a bid to solve his concern over punishment discrepancies.
And he would look for further explanation as to how the disciplinary panel comes up with the length of ban for a player.
He said: “There needs to be some sort of discussion or procedure put in place with us managers to let us know where we stand with these decisions and some clarity.
“The FA still need to answer why it was 10 games. Why it was would be interesting for all managers.
“It is difficult. It’s an incident that everybody was shocked by and probably Suarez was shocked himself. You’ve got young kids playing in the park and don’t want to see that kind of action.
“Having said that we feel that some of the fines that we’ve taken at this club have been fair. You do want to get a general feel of exactly why these decisions are made.”
Pardew didn’t agree that Suarez’s absence would prove to a massive advantage to Newcastle.
Pardew said: “I’m sure it will only infuse Liverpool’s players to show they can play without him.”
Cheick Tiote is back in the squad for tomorrow’s late kick-off at St James’ Park, but Fabricio Coloccini will not feature.
Davide Santon will probably not feature again this season due to a hamstring injury.