Pardew apologizes to Pellegrini for abuse after controversial 2-0 loss
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew admits he lost himself after his team was controversially deprived off a goal that would have been an equalizer against Manchester City. Pardew apologized for directing his anger manager Manuel Pellegrini and for his reaction in front of the home fans at St. James’ Park on Sunday.
A thunderous shot from Newcastle United midfielder Cheick Tiote went past Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart into the back of the net, but just as the Toons were about to celebrate the match referee intervened and disallowed the goal whilst suggesting that Yoan Gouffran’s offside position was the reason behind his decision.
Pardew was livid as walked towards the referee and Pellegrini at halftime. Verbal abuses from Pardew appeared to be flying towards both of them.
“I apologise for that,” Pardew told Sky Sports after his side suffered a 2-0 defeat. “But he had words with me first and it was just normal for managers that go unseen most of the time. We're fine, I shook his hand at the end and I'll see him before I go.”
After the final whistle Pardew went on to the pitch to meet match referee Mike Jones and inquire about the disallowed goal. Pardew later said that he wasn’t satisfied with the answers from the referee and he felt like he should have been provided with a better explanation.
“For me, this is an entertainment business. The guy's hit a goal that Joe Hart is just not going to save. It goes through a number of bodies but his vision is not impaired,” Pardew said. “I don't think he was clear in his answers about Joe Hart being impaired -- I couldn't work that out.
“I don't understand it. Even if Man City's back four is on the edge of the box and we've got four offside, it's such a clean hit, it's going in the top corner. He's got that wrong and unfortunately that was a massive call. In these type of games that have got to go your way. It was probably easier for him to give the goal and I can't understand why he hasn't.
“We're crying out for entertainment, you hit a goal like that the place is in uproar, and he's gone on a real tiny technicality, which I think is wrong.”