FA charges Alan Pardew after pushing assistant referee in Tottenham game

The 51-year-old has until 16:00BST on August 23 to appeal the charge of misconduct after he shoved official Stuart Burt during his side's opening-day win against Spurs

Alan Pardew has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association after he pushed an assistant referee during Newcastle's 2-1 victory over Tottenham on Saturday.

The 51-year-old was sent to the stands for his angry dispute with Stuart Burt over whether the ball had gone out of play during a Spurs attack at the Sports Direct Arena.

Pardew issued a public apology after the match, in which he labelled his actions as "ridiculous" and "stupid", as well as insisting that he went to say sorry to the officials in person - but he will face an FA charge regardless.

A statement on the governing body's official website reads: "The FA has today [August 20] charged Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew with misconduct following his side’s match against Tottenham Hotspur on August 18, 2012.

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"Pardew has until 16:00BST on 23 August 2012 to respond to the charge."

The Englishman was made to watch from the stands just after Demba Ba gave his side the lead, leaving him helpless to assist when Jermain Defoe equalised. However, the Magpies did eventually hit back and win the game through a Hatem Ben Arfa penalty.

Away from the Premier League, Newcastle face a Europa League clash with Greek side Atromitos on Thursday, but Pardew could be forced to vacate the touchline when they return to domestic action away at Chelsea on Saturday.