Both Alan Pardew and Yohan Cabaye have dodged a figurative bullet after being told that they won’t face disciplinary action following Saturday’s loss at home to Liverpool.
In a free-flowing and fast-paced clash under the floodlights at Selhurst Park, it’s fair to say that tempers became a little frayed on both sides at different points within the evening; a fact not lost on Alan Pardew, who let fly in remarkable fashion when offering up his views on the match shortly after the final whistle.
Played out in front of the watching TV cameras, Palace’s eventual defeat to Jurgen Klopp’s Reds was approached with genuine enthusiasm from both sets of players from beginning to end, with the full-blooded style of play making for a thoroughly entertaining game for any neutral who happened to be watching.
I have to admit, I did expect some form of disciplinary action to be taken against Palace boss Alan Pardew, who despite being understandably annoyed following the final whistle, allowed his emotions to get the better of him. It seemed to me that his conduct was almost a subliminal challenge being laid down to the FA over a possible punishment, making their decision to let him get away from it scot-free all the more baffling from a fan’s perspective.
Cabaye’s supposed transgression wasn’t something I was aware of prior to reading about it in the article linked at the top of the page, although, when you think back to similar instances involving other players during the last season or so, it does seem as though he has been a tad fortunate to escape without any further action being taken against him in the form of a retrospective ban.
With that in mind, the club can count their lucky stars on both fronts, given the looming presence of a hugely important tie away at Burnley on the horizon. Whilst Yohan may have his critics; the movement and passing offered by the likes of both he and Jason Puncheon could just be the difference between a positive and negative outcome for us at Turf Moor in a few days time.
Were you aware of Yohan’s flirtation with stupidity on Saturday? If so, did you think it warranted further action from the FA?