Newcastle United boss waits on FA charge after shocking headbutt

Newcastle United's manager Alan Pardew confronts Hull City's David Meyler (left) during the Barclays Premier League match at the KC Stadium.
Newcastle United's manager Alan Pardew confronts Hull City's David Meyler (left) during the Barclays Premier League match at the KC Stadium.
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DAVID Meyler has accepted Alan Pardew’s apology for his headbutt during Newcastle United’s win at Hull City on Saturday - but the Football Association are unlikely to be as forgiving.

And Magpies boss Pardew was today waiting on an FA charge.

The 52-year-old, already fined £100,000 by his employers, faces a lengthy touchline ban and another financial penalty.

It is understood fromer Sunderland midfielder Meyler had no issue with Pardew after the game, having accepted his actions were made in the “heat of the moment”.

Pardew was sent to the stands by referee Kevin Friend, who also booked Meyler, after the incident.

Meyler pushed past Pardew after he retrieved the ball, which had gone out of play. Pardew, who had allowed the ball to run beghind him, rather than stopping it, reacted angrily by pushing his head towards the Hull player on the touchline.

The pair had to be separated by the two sets of players.

Pardew apologised to Meyler, Hull and Newcastle and its supporters immediately after the game.

United fined Pardew that night, though it is not clear if the money will go to the club’s Academy or the Newcastle United Foundation, and issued him with a “formal warning”.

However, Pardew retains the backing of owner Mike Ashley, and will face no further action from the club.

Pardew has vowed to sit down in the dugout in future, given his unsavoury involvement in a number of touchline altercations.

“It was just a heat of the moment thing,” said Pardew. “Obviously, I massively regret it.

“I think I am going to have to sit down from now on because that’s about two or three incidents I have been involved in on the line.

“I didn’t mean to do anything aggressive, but I did move my head forward and that’s enough.

“It’s a shame, because it took the gloss off a fantastic performance from us. That’s really upsetting as well.”

Pardew was handed a two-match touchline suspension last season for pushing a linesman.

And there have been suggestions he could be banned for for anything up to eight games for the Meyler incident given its severity.

Pardew’s actions were widely condemned by leading figures in football.

Newcastle also issued a strongly-worded statement, which read: “Newcastle United are disappointed with the actions of its manager Alan Pardew.

“His behaviour was unacceptable and is not the behaviour we expect from the manager of Newcastle United.

“It is most disappointing that this incident has taken the focus away from what was a fantastic performance by the team and an excellent result away from home which leaves the club in eighth place in the Premier League.”

It added: “Alan has accepted a formal warning from the club in relation to his behaviour today and also a club fine of £100,000.”