The FA will not discipline Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew for his criticism of Mark Clattenburg’s performance during last Saturday’s game against West Ham United.
The Eagles supremo made reference to Clattenburg’s decision to dismiss Dwight Gayle for a second bookable offence in his post-match comments, describing the referee as “rash” in his thought process, but somewhat surprisingly, the game’s governing body have decided against punishing the 54-year-old.
Having taken charge of eight Palace games throughout his career, Clattenburg has presided over six defeats and two draws, dealing with a number of controversial incidents including the now infamous flying elbow from Craig Dawson in our 2-2 draw with West Brom under the guidance of Neil Warnock.
As a direct consequence of what is an extremely poor record, our fans sang “Oh Mark Clattenburg, it’s all about you” periodically throughout the weekend’s tie, prompting Pardew to exclaim that we as supporters “got it just about right” in relation to the referee. All in all, you would normally expect an organisation as stereotypically archaic as the FA to come down on him like a tonne of bricks, but for once, freedom of speech has been given the green light.
Would Clattenburg have shown Gayle a yellow card for the second challenge had he not already been booked? We’ll never know, but there was clearly enough doubt in both Pardew’s mind and those of the English game’s rule makers to let the comments surrounding the incident pass without further action being taken.
For once, sanity prevails.