Head-butt costs Newcastle manager $212k

COOLING HIS HEELS: Newcastle manager Pardew (top centre) had to watch from the stands after he was sent off for his attack on Hull's Meyler.


    Mar 03, 2014

    Head-butt costs Newcastle manager $212k


    NEWCASTLE United manager Alan Pardew has been fined £100,000 (S$212,000) and given a formal warning by the English football club after being sent off for head-butting Hull City midfielder David Meyler during Saturday's Premier League match.

    He was sent to the stands by referee Kevin Friend in the 72nd minute for his attack on Meyler, who was booked for his part in the incident during Newcastle's 4-1 win at the KC Stadium.

    The Ireland international ran into the Magpies boss and manoeuvred him out of the way to take a quick throw-in.

    Pardew appeared to move his head towards the midfielder and was promptly sent off after Meyler received his booking. He looked straight at the referee, then marched away.

    Newcastle said they were "disappointed" with Pardew's actions, adding: "His behaviour was unacceptable and is not the behaviour we expect from the manager of Newcastle United."

    The Magpies added that the manager had apologised and accepted a formal warning from the club, as well as the fine.

    On the opening day of last season, Pardew shoved assistant referee Peter Kirkup and got a two-match ban and £20,000 fine from the Football Association (FA) for improper conduct.

    This time, he is likely to face a bigger fine and a longer touchline ban with FA chairman Greg Dyke telling reporters: "I've only just seen the clip and clearly it looks serious, and we will investigate it."

    Pardew told Sky Sports: "I will have to sit down from now on because that's two or three incidents I've been involved in.

    "I didn't mean to do anything aggressive, but I did move my head forward and that's enough. I wouldn't have got involved if I'd been on the other side of the line. Perhaps it will teach me to sit down."

    Hull manager Steve Bruce told Sky: "I think Alan knows he has been stupid, and he has apologised. We all do stupid things in the heat of the game and Alan will regret it. He has led with his head and he will regret it.

    "I haven't seen anything like that before. It is an unsavoury incident, but we have accepted his apology and we move on."