HULL manager Steve Bruce has backed Alan Pardew to deal with whatever punishment the Football Association imposes for last weekend’s headbutt on David Meyler.
The Newcastle boss has accepted a misconduct charge and requested a personal hearing for the incident, which saw him clash with the midfielder on the touchline during his side’s 4-1 victory at the KC Stadium.
Pardew, who was fined £100,000 by Newcastle, apologised immediately for his behaviour and Bruce has been keen not to inflame the situation further.
He believes Pardew needs to assess his record of pitchside incidents but expects him to react positively to any FA sanction.
“As a club we accepted Alan’s honesty in the whole situation, because he’s been big and brave enough and he had to come out and say what he did,” said Bruce.
“We don’t want the images we saw last week and Alan would be first to understand that.
“We were all shocked with what we saw and Alan has to pay the consequences for that, which I’m sure he will do.
“Alan is going to take the fine and punishment and whatever is dished to him. I’m sure he’ll take it and find a way to move on and erase it.
“Maybe he’ll look at himself and say there have been too many incidents that he’s been involved in.
“We all stand there in the technical area and get lost in it sometimes and maybe that’s the wrong way to be.”
Pardew’s antics overshadowed the onfield action somewhat, with Hull comfortably beaten by their visitors in their biggest home defeat of the season.