Alan Pardew has blamed live television as Crystal Palace captain Mile Jedinak faces the prospect of a four-game ban for elbowing Diafra Sakho in the win against West Ham on Saturday.
Palace may have enjoyed a 3-1 win at Upton Park, but the influential midfielder faces a spell on the sidelines after being charged with violent conduct - he has until 6pm Tuesday to respond.
Pardew believes that the fact that Palace's game was aired on live TV meant that the incident demanded much more attention; Maynor Figueroa's terrible tackle on Stoke midfielder Stephen Ireland has so far gone unpunished.
"The punditry seems to be having a greater effect on the decision process at the FA. That’s a little bit worrying," he said. "I hope you’re governed by the FA, not by what people are saying on the TV.
"We’re damned by TV at times. If something’s done about Mile but nothing about Maynor Figueroa, that can’t be right."
Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp was critical of Jedinak after the game.
In a bad weekend for referees, Roger East and his fourth official Martin Atkinson were criticised for wrongly sending off Wes Brown, instead of John O'Shea, for bringing down Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao.
"Every season seems to throw up a different issue for referees and at the minute it is two things this year," Pardew said. "Aggressive challenges has been an issue - we need to sit down about those soon. And penalties, particularly in the first half of the season, were not given when they looked certain.
"Those two areas are probably a concern for the PGMOL. You have to put it into context - the standard of refereeing in England is great.
"That’s overlooked at times. Like all things it’s little waves of periods where something happens and things get highlighted. It’s a very difficult situation they’re in."
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