12 lengthy football suspensions

VERDICT ... Newcastle manager Alan Pardew.
VERDICT ... Newcastle manager Alan Pardew.
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ALAN Pardew was today given a seven-match ban – and will be barred from entering stadiums for the first three games – after headbutting David Meyler.

The Newcastle manager has paid the price for his altercation with the Hull midfielder, when he pushed his head into the Irishman’s after a touchline collision.

Here we look at some of the other lengthy bans meted out to leading names in English football over the years:

LUIS SUAREZ

The Liverpool striker has been one of the stars of the season but he did not feature in the first six games of it. He was banned for biting the arm of Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic at the end of last season, with four games then taking his suspension up to 10 in total. That came after he was given an eight-match ban for racially abusing Patrice Evra.

THE WEDNESDAY THREE

Football was rocked in the early 1960s when The Sunday People claimed three Sheffield Wednesday players had bet on their team to lose, pocketing £100 in the process. The investigation uncovered a more sinister betting ring which concluded with the imprisonment of 10 former and present players. David Layne, Peter Swan and Tony Kay were all banned from the game for life - but had their bans lifted after seven years.

ERIC CANTONA

Banned for nine months from football worldwide and ordered to do 120 hours community service as a result of his kung-fu kick on Crystal Palace fan Matthew Simmons in 1995. Cantona was sent off during Manchester United’s Selhurst Park meeting with Palace and launched himself over the advertising hoardings at a taunting Simmons as he made his way off the pitch.

MARK BOSNICH

Suspended for nine months in April 2003 after failing a drugs test for cocaine. Had his contract terminated by Chelsea and subsequently lost his appeal against the ban.

RIO FERDINAND

Banned for eight months in December 2003 after failing to take a drugs test in September of the same year.

VINNIE JONES

Given a six-month ban suspended for three years in November 1992 - and fined a then record £20,000 by the FA - for his commentary in a video glorifying football violence and dirty tricks.

PAOLO DI CANIO

The fiery Italian forward, and former manager of Sunderland, was handed an 11-game ban and £10,000 fine for pushing referee Paul Alcock while playing for Sheffield Wednesday in a Premier League match against Arsenal in September 1998.

DAVID PRUTTON

The Southampton midfielder was hit with a 10-game ban and fined £6,000 by the FA after shoving referee Alan Wiley following his red card in a match against Arsenal in 2005.

PAUL DAVIS

The Arsenal midfielder was banned for nine matches and fined £3,000 after punching Southampton’s Glenn Cockerill during a match in October 1988.

ROY KEANE

Handed a five-week ban and a £150,000 fine in October 2002 for comments made about Alfie Haaland in his controversial autobiography - Keane: The Autobiography.

BEN THATCHER

Manchester City defender Thatcher knocked Portsmouth’s Pedro Mendes into some advertising hoardings in 2006, with the Portuguese needing oxygen and suffering a seizure. Thatcher later apologised but his club banned him for six games and the FA eight, with a 15-game one suspended.

PAUL INCE

The former England midfielder was given a five-game stadium ban when in charge of Blackpool earlier this season after being found guilty of shoving and swearing at a fourth official. The club’s fans wore Ince masks at their next game, but he was later sacked.