Alan Pardew Given 7 Match Ban For 'Headbutt'
11 March 2014, 19:05
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew will serve a seven-match suspension with immediate effect after admitting an FA misconduct charge.
In a statement, Newcastle United said:
"As I have made clear, I deeply regret the incident and again wholeheartedly apologise to all parties for my conduct, which I understand was not acceptable.
UPDATED: 1st March 2014, 22:55:00
Pardew was sent to the stands during the game earlier, after he was seen to lean in towards Meyler after a scuffle in the technical area.
Newcastle legend Alan Shearer said it would be "very difficult" for Pardew to keep his job at St James' Park but it is understood no further internal disciplinary action will be taken.
Referee Kevin Friend sent Pardew to the stands and booked Meyler, with the Newcastle boss issuing an immediate apology after the match.
However, that did not prevent the Premier League club from taking swift disciplinary action, while the FA have also pledged to investigate the incident.
In a statement the club said:
"Newcastle United are disappointed with the actions of its manager Alan Pardew this afternoon. His behaviour was unacceptable and is not the behaviour we expect from the manager of Newcastle United.
It is most disappointing that this incident has taken the focus away from what was a fantastic performance by the team and an excellent result away from home which leaves the club in eighth place in the Premier League.
Sadly the headlines tomorrow will not be focused on the result or the efforts of the players, but instead on the actions of our manager.
Alan unreservedly apologised immediately following the game to the player, to Hull City football club and its fans, and to the fans of Newcastle United.
We have held discussions this evening with Alan who has offered his sincere apologies to the club and it is clear he deeply regrets his actions. Alan has accepted a formal warning from the club in relation to his behaviour today and also a club fine of £100,000.
The club is now drawing a line under this matter and will be making no further comment."