The FA are said to be considering an appeal against the seven-match ban given to Newcastle manager Alan Pardew.

Officials at the governing body of English football are confused about the length and type of ban given to Pardew by an independent three-man panel.

They believe the suspension is lenient and are questioning the type of the ban, which sees Pardew banned from the stadium for the first three games and then from the touchline for the remaining four.

Should they appeal, the incident is in danger of dragging into a third week and causing the FA to lose credibility over a controversy they could have dealt with in a matter of days.

But instead they accepted Pardew’s request of a personal hearing and allowed the neutral panel to decide on the punishment, which they are now supposedly unhappy with.

The FA could extend the length of Pardew’s ban if their appeal is successful, meaning the Newcastle manager could yet miss the rest of the current season.