Pardew was immediately contrite after he shoved Kirkup for missing what he
believed to be a throw-in to
Spurs’ Aaron Lennon went on to have a shot at goal as play continued, prompting Pardew’s impulsive reaction.
Referee Martin Atkinson missed the incident but sent Pardew to the stands after being alerted by fourth official Lee Mason, who was standing behind Kirkup and Pardew at the time before briefly stepping in to separate the two.
Pardew shook Mason’s hand before heading for the director’s box for the remaining 30 minutes of the match and apologised to Kirkup after the game, but the FA have acted upon Atkinson’s match report.
"Following an Independent Regulatory Commission held today (Monday 3 September 2012), Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has been given a two match touchline suspension and fined £20,000 after he accepted an FA charge of improper conduct.
"Pardew, who requested a personal hearing, was charged following an incident which occurred during his side's match against Tottenham Hotspur on 18 August 2012.
"The suspension will take place with immediate effect."
Pardew will be banned for Newcastle's league games against Everton on September 17 and Norwich City on September 22.
Speaking at the time, Pardew admitted: "We're overjoyed about the result but I hold my head in shame.
"I was just saying to the players about the great Olympics and how to set an example and there's me pushing the linesman over. It was comical, he just happened to be right in front of me.”
Pardew apologised to Kirkup immediately after the match.
"I went in and said I'm sorry and said I would have to apologise publicly too because it was ridiculous."