Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew wants to see more consistency from match officials ahead of his side’s home clash with Stoke on Sunday.
The Eagles boss was speaking after his Stoke counterpart Mark Hughes was charged by the Football Association for improper conduct after he was sent to the stands during the Potters’ 4-0 home defeat to Tottenham last weekend.
Pardew has sympathy for his managerial rival and wants to see more consistency from match officials across the board.
He said: “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.
“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.”
Palace will head into Sunday’s match in confident mood as they are unbeaten in their last six meetings with Stoke, including winning all three matches the two sides contested in league and cup fixtures last season.