Alan Pardew calls for clarity from FA following 10-match ban for Luis Suarez

Newcastle manager wants more transparency in disciplinary procedures

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has called on the Football Association to bring further clarity to their disciplinary procedures after imposing a 10-game ban on Luis Suarez.

The Uruguay international was hit with the sanction yesterday after accepting a violent conduct charge for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic and will miss Liverpool's Barclays Premier League visit to St James' Park on Saturday evening as a result.

However, having seen Wigan striker Callum McManaman escape punishment for his horrific tackle on Magpies full-back Massadio Haidara because one of the match officials spotted it at the time but took no action, Pardew has asked for disciplinary chiefs to explain their reasoning.

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."

Liverpool's loss, of course, could prove to be Newcastle's gain this weekend as they head for Tyneside without their 30-goal hitman.

However, Pardew, whose side is still far from assured of top-flight football next season, will take nothing for granted.

He said: "I don't know if it's helped, but he's a fantastic player and has had a marvellous season. It's unfortunate that events are going to probably scar his season because it has been outstanding.

"For us, he doesn't play and I suppose that is helpful, but I'm sure it will only enthuse Liverpool's players to show that they can play without him."

The Magpies are currently six points clear of the drop zone with just four games to play, but their two remaining home fixtures are tough with Champions League-chasing Arsenal due at St James' on the final day of the campaign.

Pardew will hope to complete a hat-trick of home victories over the Reds having launched his Newcastle career with a 3-1 win in December 2010 and followed it up with a 2-0 success last season.

But he will do so having found himself the target of a backlash from sections of the Toon Army, with a 3-0 derby defeat by arch-rivals Sunderland capping a disappointing league campaign to date.

Pardew said: "To be honest, I just want to move on. It's done, there's nothing we can do about it, there's no point going over it.

"But the hurt will go on and I will make sure we hurt right up until the next fixture next year.

"We are going to try to really show in our performances and everything we do that we are fully committed to Newcastle United.

"Some of these social media are carrying all sorts of conspiracy theories about what's wrong, and most of it is absolute, total rubbish.

"We have got a strong squad, we have got a tough game on Saturday against Liverpool and with our fans' backing, we have got a good chance of winning it."

Pardew has been boosted by the return to full training of skipper Fabricio Coloccini, although he has only two days under his belt after seven weeks on the sidelines, while midfielder Cheick Tiote has recovered from a hamstring problem.

However, full-back Davide Santon is still missing with a hamstring injury and is unlikely to play again this season.

Pardew said: "I think Santon is struggling for the rest of the season. There's an outside chance for the Arsenal game."

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