Alan Pardew head-butt: Newcastle manager speaks of his 'deep regret' after being handed seven-match suspension by FA including three-match stadium ban

Manager clashed with Hull's David Meyler last month

Alan Pardew will serve a seven-match suspension with immediate effect, subject to any appeal after he admitted an FA misconduct charge for head-butting Hull City midfielder David Meyler during Newcastle's 4-1 win last month.

The Newcastle manager will serve a stadium ban for the first three matches, and a touchline ban for the remaining four. He has also been charged £60,000 and warned over his future conduct.

Pardew was also fined £100,000 by his own club on the night of the incident, and given a formal warning by Newcastle.

The 52-year-old said: "As I have made clear, I deeply regret the incident and again wholeheartedly apologise to all parties for my conduct, which I understand was not acceptable.

"I will accept the punishment handed down by the FA today. My focus now turns to preparing the team for this weekend's game against Fulham and finishing the season as strongly as possible."

He will be back in the dugout for Newcastle against Arsenal on the 28 April, although it could be a different match if Arsenal reach the Champions League semi-final.

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