ALAN Pardew has escaped official Football Association punishment over his touchline behaviour during Sunday’s derby game at the Sports Direct Arena.
The Newcastle boss was physically restrained by fourth official Lee Mason as he advanced aggressively towards opposite number Martin O’Neill in the wake of a penalty being awarded – something he admitted later he regretted.
Had Mason raised the Newcastle manager’s conduct in the official’s post-match report, the incident would have been considered further
But the Lancashire official, one of the most lenient officials on the Premier League list this season, decided not to take the matter further.
An FA spokesman explained: “The match officials, with their considerable experience of the game, will consider the behaviour of a participant on a case-by-case basis and decide whether they believe it has gone above and beyond what is deemed as acceptable behaviour and become irresponsible.
“This matter was dealt with by the match officials at the time and the FA are satisfied that no further action is necessary.”
Pardew was shown replays of the incident immediately after the game and conceded that they did not make edifying viewing.
“Yes, I do regret it,” he said.
“I’ve seen it back on the TV and it looks terrible.
“It was just relief, sheer relief that we had got a penalty – I’ve never done anything like that before.
“It just shows that the pressure of the game can get to even older managers like me.”
He added: “Unless you’re a manager or player at this football, you can’t really appreciate the pressure there is around this particular football game.
“There’s a lot of pressure building up all week, there’s a lot of emotion building up.
“Maybe my bench and their bench could have handled it a bit better and been a bit more grown up about it.
“If one or two of us, including myself, crossed the line then we can only apologise.”