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Pardew hits out at inconsistent touchline officials

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Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew is saying there’s too much inconsistency from the fourth officials during the games.

Pardew was speaking about Stoke City Mark Hughes, who was sent off in the 4-0 loss to Tottenham last weekend after an argument with the fourth official. Hughes has been charged by the FA for misconduct. Pardew believes that some managers are getting a pass to go outside of the manager’s technical area.

“The new managers – [Antonio] Conte, [Jurgen] Klopp – are allowed to run around and some of us aren’t given quite as much licence and Mark Hughes was perhaps referencing that,” Pardew said ahead of Palace’s match against Stoke on Sunday.

“I think last weekend the fourth official was very quick, I had stepped out of the box by six inches and he dragged me back in and told me off.

“It is almost like you cannot come out of that box, which seems a bit ridiculous to me. I can understand that we have to set an example but we are emotional people and we want to win.”

Stoke sits at the bottom of the Premier League standings, but Pardew believes that they too much quality in the squad and will be safe in the end.

“I think they have started okay but they have had some tough fixtures,” he said. “Mark Hughes is a great manager and what he has done there to change their style is for all to see.

“They will be absolutely fine, they have a great squad and a great manager.”

Pardew hits out at inconsistent touchline officials

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