Alan Pardew head-butt: Newcastle manager responds to Graeme Souness - 'He's the man who took a flag and planted it in the middle of an Istanbul derby'

Souness said Pardew's position had become 'untenable' after incident

Alan Pardew has attacked Graeme Souness after the former Liverpool and Newcastle United manager said he should be sacked for head-butting the Hull City midfielder David Meyler during his Newcastle side’s 4-1 victory on Saturday.

Souness was perhaps the most damning in his criticism of Pardew, saying his position as Newcastle manager had become “untenable”.

Pardew was fined £100,000 by Newcastle late on Saturday night. A club statement 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. We have held discussions this evening with Alan, who has offered his sincere apologies to the club and it is clear he deeply regrets his actions. Alan has accepted a formal warning from the club in relation to his behaviour today and also a fine of £100,000.”

However, Pardew responded sharply to the criticism from Souness: “It’s a bit strong coming from him. He’s the man who took a flag and planted it in the middle of an Istanbul derby. But people have their own opinions, I can’t do anything about that.”

GRAEME SOUNESS AND THE ISTANBUL FLAG INCIDENT

Pardew, who faces anything up to a six-game touchline ban from the Football Association, admitted he will now have to take a back seat after a string of indiscretions on the sidelines, clashing with rival managers Martin O’Neill, Arsène Wenger and Manuel Pellegrini and earning a £20,000 fine and a two-game ban for pushing linesman Peter Kirkup during a game against Tottenham two years ago.

 

“When I had the push with the linesman, I thought that perhaps I should sit down,” he added. “I’ve always been involved by being on the sideline but I don’t think it can harm my management to sit, and maybe I’m at an age now where perhaps I need to.”

Pardew would not be drawn on whether Meyler, who instigated the clash by pushing him, should have been shown a red card. Twice the Hull midfielder raised his hands to Pardew, who responded by putting his head into Meyler’s face and pushing it at him.

Steve Bruce, the Hull manager, said: “It’s a good job that Meyler didn’t react the way most people would have done. Then Alan would be in serious trouble.

“Is Meyler a fairly calm person? No he’s not calm, he’s not calm. I would have seen most players rolling around on the floor in agony. He didn’t. He handled himself impeccably, and restrained himself impeccably. He’s desperate to get after the ball. Alan steps in his way, there’s a tussle and after that it’s there for everybody to see.

“As far as we’re concerned it’s over,” Bruce added. “We accept his apology.”

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