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Alan Pardew awaits FA verdict on shameful scenes at Hull

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: March 02, 2014

By Damian Spellman

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Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew could learn on Monday how the Football Association intends to deal with his headbutt at Hull City.

The 52-year-old was fined £100,000 and severely reprimanded by the Magpies on Saturday night after clashing with the Tigers' midfielder, David Meyler, on the touchline during his side’s 4-1 Premier League victory at the KC Stadium earlier that day.

While club owner Mike Ashley was furious with his manager, he considers the matter now dealt with and Pardew’s job is not believed to be at risk.

However, it seems inevitable that the FA will act over a particularly unsavoury incident.

Disciplinary officials will consider match referee Kevin Friend’s report before deciding what action to take, and it would be no surprise if Pardew was charged before being handed a lengthy touchline ban and another sizeable fine.

Pardew and Meyler came into contact as the player chased a ball over the sideline with the home side trailing 3-1.

The Newcastle manager reacted angrily and thrust his head towards the midfielder, who confronted him.

Players from both sides tried to act as peacemakers and Friend took charge, booking Meyler before sending Pardew to the stands.

Pardew later issued an apology, which was accepted by opposite number Steve Bruce, but that cut little ice with his employers, who delivered their punishment hours later.

It is not the first time Pardew has become embroiled in a touchline spat, and League Managers Association chief executive Richard Bevan was quick to condemn his behaviour.

Bevan told BBC Sport: “The buck stops with Alan. It’s unacceptable, it’s inappropriate and it’s insupportable from every perspective, and Alan knows that.

“He immediately realised the serious error, made sincere apologies to all parties and obviously has deep regret.

“It was good to see Steve Bruce’s reaction and Hull accepting Pardew’s apology, but Alan does need to think hard about how not to put himself in that position again.”

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