Mar 13, 2014

    Head-butt earns Pardew 7-match ban


    NEWCASTLE United manager Alan Pardew has been given a record seven-match suspension and a £60,000 (S$127,000) fine for head-butting Hull City midfielder David Meyler, the English Football Association announced on Tuesday.

    The 52-year-old will be banned from attending Newcastle's games for the first three matches of the suspension, with the remaining four matches to be served as a touchline ban.

    It is the longest ban to be handed to a Premier League manager since the English top flight was rebranded in 1992.

    In a statement, Pardew apologised again for his conduct and said he would accept the punishment.

    The stadium ban covers Newcastle's games against Fulham, Crystal Palace and Everton, and he will be banned from the touchline for fixtures against Southampton, Manchester United, Stoke City and Swansea City.

    The incident occurred during Newcastle's 4-1 league victory at Hull on March 1, with Pardew sent to the stands after moving his head towards Meyler during a touchline confrontation in the second half.