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.

It follows an incident where he was seen to clash heads with Hull player David Meyler in the 72nd minute of the Barclays Premier League fixture on Saturday, 1st March.
An Independent Regulatory Commission today (Tuesday, 11th March) ruled the first three-matches imposed are a stadium ban with the remaining four a touchline ban.
Pardew was also fined £60,000 and warned as to his future conduct.

In a statement, Newcastle United said: 
"The Club and Pardew have accepted the decision and now wish to draw a line under the matter."
Pardew commented:
"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.
"I will accept the punishment handed down by the FA today. My focus now turns to preparing the team for this weekend's game against Fulham and finishing the season as strongly as possible."

UPDATED: 1st March 2014, 22:55:00
Newcastle United have fined manager Alan Pardew £100,000 after a clash with Hull's David Meyler during their 4-1 win.

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." 

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