Newcastle United manager Pardew reacts during their English Premier League soccer match against Manchester United at Old Trafford in Manchester

Alan Pardew won’t appeal seven-match ban


Alan Pardew will not appeal the seven match ban imposed on him by the Football Association for head-butting Hull City’s David Meyler in Newcastle’s 4-1 win on March 1st.

The ban, forbidding him from stadiums for three matches and touchlines for four, was issued by an independent panel on Tuesday and set records as being the longest suspension for a Premier League manager and the first boss to be handed a stadium ban. Pardew was also fined him $100,000.

(WATCH: Pardew sent off for headbutt on Hull’s Meyler, as Newcastle manager loses the plot)

With many pundits expecting Pardew to be banned up to ten games, the Newcastle boss struck a tone of repent following his sentence. “It was an independent panel and it was a decision that I was going to accept,” Pardew said. “I had no intention to appeal the decision whatever it was, and therefore was going to accept what they decided to do.”

Pardew also claimed that he’s looking into getting help with his “management consultant issues” to avoid future incidents. This will be Pardew’s second ban as a Premier League manager after receiving a two match touchline ban for pushing over assistant referee Peter Kirkup in Newcastle’s 2-1 win over Tottenham in August 2012.

The ban means Pardew will not be on site for Newcastle’s matches against Fulham, Crystal Palace and Everton, and that he’ll be in the stands for games against Southampton, Manchester United, Stoke City and Swansea City.

Newcastle currently sit 8th in the table, five points adrift of 7th place Everton.

Sam Allardyce to open talks with Sunderland

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Now that Liverpool have selected and named their new manager, it appears Sunderland are finally ready to move forward with their own managerial search. (That’s clearly a joke, because it implies Liverpool and Sunderland ever duke it out for the same managerial candidate.)

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Anyway, the Black Cats will have to hire someone to replace the recently-departed Dick Advocaat at some point. We all knew that, despite the fact he’s probably earned a shot at that level, Bob Bradley was never really going to be considered for the job. With that in mind, if you’re not going to endear yourself to the entire United States of America with this hire, you might as well go for the best unemployed manager who’ll actually consider your approach.

That’s what Sunderland chairman Ellis Short appears to have done, as it was reported Thursday that despite an initial reluctance from Sam Allardyce — let’s be honest, he actually was holding out hope for the Liverpool job — the 60-year-old most recently in charge of West Ham United was willing and ready to enter into negotiations with the northeastern club.

One of the major sticking points during Sunderland’s courting of Allardyce is expected to be his demand for autonomy in the transfer market as well as a sizable transfer budget to sign his own players during the January window.

[ MORE: Advocaat: Sunderland squad too thin, chairman to blame ]

Allardyce seems like the no. 1 guy you’d like to bring in to steady a capsized ship — cough Sunderland cough — in any situation. Not only does he have a successful track record in the Premier League, but he’s the kind of no-nonsense leader a club like Sunderland so desperately needs as they find themselves in yet another relegation battle just eight games into the new season.

Short hopes to have Allardyce signed, sealed and delivered when the Premier League returns to action next weekend. In that event, Allardyce’s first game in charge of Sunderland would be a trip to West Bromwich Albion. His first home fixture? Home to Tyne-Wear derby rivals Newcastle United, a club whose boisterous fanbase still holds a great deal of disdain for Big Sam. Sometimes the football gods really are looking out for us.

Statement from suspended UEFA president Michel Platini

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Statement from suspended UEFA President Michel Platini:

Early this afternoon, I was informed of the FIFA ethics committee’s decision to impose on me a provisional 90-day suspension with immediate effect. That decision, which I will of course contest in the appropriate manner at the appropriate time, had already been the subject of a deliberate leak, and I gave my opinion on that earlier in the day.

I reject all of the allegations that have been made against me, which are based on mere semblances and are astonishingly vague. Indeed, the wording of those allegations merely states that a breach of the FIFA Code of Ethics “seems to have been committed” and that a decision on the substance of the matter cannot be taken immediately.

Despite the farcical nature of these events, I refuse to believe that this is a political decision taken in haste in order to taint a lifelong devotee of the game or crush my candidacy for the FIFA presidency.

I want everyone to know my state of mind: more than a sense of injustice or a desire for revenge, I am driven by a profound feeling of staunch defiance. I am more determined than ever to defend myself before the relevant judicial bodies.

I want to reiterate in the strongest possible terms that I will devote myself to ensuring that my good faith prevails. I have received numerous messages of support today from UEFA’s member associations and the other confederations encouraging me to continue my work serving football’s interests. Nothing will make me give up on that commitment.