Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson suggested Chelsea captain John Terry had got off lightly after being hit with a four-match ban for using racist language towards Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand.
And Ferguson declared it was "time to move on" from a saga that has dragged on for almost a year since the Blues skipper was first accused of abusing Ferdinand.
Ferguson, who saw United full-back
"But the fact he got a four-game ban, he may consider that is quite lenient considering
"It is time to move on and so should the game."
Terry was still awaiting the full written judgment of the independent
The 31-year-old, who admitted saying "f***** black c***" during an altercation with Ferdinand but only to deny using the insult in the first place, had already been cleared in court of a similar offence and may lodge an appeal.
West Bromwich Albion boss
"He was also found not guilty in a court of law. It's a really complex issue and, without seeing the full report, it is really difficult to comment on.
"Has he been a plonker? I wouldn't like to say that because that is you putting words in my mouth.
"When I worked with John, I found him to be a really good guy. I couldn't see any sign of racism in him and I can only call it as I see it from my relationship with
He added: "I think it's good there has been a decision. It has dragged on far too long.
"The one thing I would say about the whole episode is there were two high-profile episodes which happened last season and they are still dragging on and on.
"Hopefully now they are both resolved. I don't know whether John will appeal or not.
"I would like to think we can all move on quickly from it and, in a year's time, we are not talking about racism in the game, which will mean everyone has learnt a lesson."
He said: "I am not party to all the information, but the games, the fine - you do want to see consistency in that area.
"That's something that I think needs to be looked at, and I hope the FA do that going forward because if it does happen again, it should be a severe fine if somebody is guilty."
Pardew said of Terry's punishment: "I think perhaps there needs to be some sort of explanation from the FA as to why - that would make sense."
He added: "You can't just wash it away or bury your head in the sand about it. You have got to deal with it.
"Show Racism the Red Card and those groups need to stay on their toes and make sure we eradicate it."
"It happened a couple of times and I think in
"It was the end of it with the FA. They coped with it and this is what they should do."
Manchester City boss
The Italian said: "I think this problem could also be all over the world not only here or in
"But I don't know this situation - I've just read about it in the newspaper."
Aston Villa boss
"I don't know enough about it."