Pardew calls for clarity over disciplinary procedures

The 10-match ban handed out to Luis Suarez for biting Branislav Ivanovic has raised eyebrows in the sport and the Newcastle manager believes clubs need clearer guidelines
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew believes the FA must provide more clarity to clubs regarding disciplinary matters in the wake of Luis Suarez's 10-match ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic.

Suarez, who will start his suspension against Newcastle this weekend, was given a shorter punishment for racially abusing Patrice Evra and questions have been raised over the length of the ban.

Now Pardew feels there must be some indication as to how the extent of punishments is decided.

He said: "There probably needs to be some sort of discussion or procedure put in place for us managers to know exactly where we stand with these disciplinary decisions and bring some clarity to it.

"They have still to answer, the FA, why that was and probably that would be interesting for all Premier League managers to know exactly why it's 10 games.

"It's difficult. It's an incident that everybody was shocked by and probably even Suarez shocked himself by doing it.

"But you have got young kids playing in the park and obviously we don't want to see that kind of action.

"Having said that, we feel that some of the fines we have taken at this football club are fair, but you do want to get a general feel of exactly why these decisions are made."