Pardew contacted by Football Association over referee comments

The FA have written to the Palace boss over the comments he made about match officials Andre Marriner and Scott Ledger

Pardew contacted by Football Association over referee comments
Pardew was furious with the decision to award Liverpool a penalty | Photo: Getty images

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has been contacted by the Football Association to elaborate on the comments he made after his side’s 2-1 defeat to Liverpool on Sunday afternoon.

Reds’ striker Christian Benteke won a controversial penalty deep into stoppage time and duly converted the spot kick himself to give Jurgen Klopp’s side victory. However, Pardew believed Benteke had dived and vented his anger towards the striker, as well as the match officials, in his post-match press conference.

The Eagles boss argued that he felt his side would not have been awarded a penalty had the incident been reversed in their favour, and his comments potentially breach FA regulations, which state that managers must not question the integrity of the match officials or suggest bias.

Referee, Andre Marriner, seemed to give a goal kick in favour of Palace after Benteke went down under the challenge from Eagles defender Damien Delaney, but following consultation with his linesman, Scott Ledger, Marriner pointed to the spot.

Pardew and Delaney rue late penalty decision

Pardew claimed, “He (Benteke) made a big deal out of it” and had it been Palace wanting a penalty in a similar instance, they “would not have got it.”

Delaney took to social media site, Instagram, to plead his  innocence and to question the decision to award a penalty, posting, “I can honestly say I didn’t make contact with Benteke, and if there was slight contact I didn’t impede him and it was not enough to give a penalty.”

The Irishman went on to admit that he had waited over an hour after the game to speak to Marriner, and who admitted to the defender that he did not think it was a penalty at the time, but trusted his linesman enough to award it following a brief consultation - which ignited further fury in the Palace camp. 

Delaney appeared to make minimal contact with Benteke | Photo: Getty images
Delaney appeared to make minimal contact with Benteke | Photo: Getty images

Result leaves Palace winless in 12

Palace had taken the lead against Liverpool thanks to Joe Ledley's first goal of the season, but Liverpool staged a comeback - despite James Milner's red card - and equalised when Alex McCarthy's slip presented Roberto Firmino with a simple route to goal. Benteke's penalty, which came in the sixth miute of stoppage time, compounded Palace to defeat and extended their winless run to twelve Premier League matches. 

Ledger has been taken off the Premier League’s match officials list for this weekend’s round of fixtures, prompting claims that it was punishment for the call he made at Selhurst Park. However, the Premier League have pointed out that there are only five top-flight games this weekend and subsequently, several officials will miss out.

Pardew has until Thursday to respond to the FA.