Alan Pardew headbutt: Manager issued £100,000 fine and given formal warning by club after astonishing clash with David Meyler

FA are likely to hit manager with heaviest possible punishment

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Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has been fined £100,000 and issued a formal warning from the club after being sent off for head-butting the Hull City midfielder David Meyler.

Senior figures within the game lined up to condemn his unprecedented flash of temper in yesterday’s 4-1 Premier League win here. Two former Newcastle managers, Alan Shearer and Graeme Souness, condemned his conduct, which they said could lead to his dismissal.

Speaking on beIN Sports, Shearer said: ‘‘I have never seen anything like that. Even if he doesn’t want to resign, the club might be saying to him you resign.’’ Souness said: ‘‘This is a sackable offence.’’

But the early indications were that Newcastle, whose owner Mike Ashley was not at the stadium, intend to stand by Pardew if possible. The Football Association will be less forgiving and last night confirmed they will punish Pardew, who has a history of touchline clashes. He will probably receive the longest managerial ban and largest fine ever handed out for such an altercation.

Alan Pardew has admitted he moved his head towards Hull midfielder David Meyler during the 4-1 victory for Newcastle Alan Pardew has admitted he moved his head towards Hull midfielder David Meyler during the 4-1 victory for Newcastle Pardew clashed with Meyler in the 72nd minute after the ball went out of play in front of the visitors’ dugout. As they squared up to each other, the Newcastle manager pushed his head into the face of the player and then thrust it forward. He claimed afterwards that it was not a head-butt but he offered an immediate apology. “I massively regret it,” he said. “I didn’t mean to do anything aggressive but my head moved forward.

“I shouldn’t be there really. The incident was right on top of me. He pushed me away, I tried to ease him away and I obviously put my head in a forward motion. You just can’t do that. I apologised to him, to everyone at Hull and in particular to my own fans as well.  I don’t think it was a head-butt. It wasn’t a motion that was quick like a head-butt.”

Greg Dyke, the FA chairman, said: “Clearly it looks serious and we will investigate.”

Steve Bruce, the Hull manager, said: “I was in a state of shock at the time. I have never witnessed that before. It’s for Alan to live with and deal with the consequences. As far as I’m concerned the matter is over.

“We accept his apology and David accepts his apology and we’ll move on. There’s no question that Alan led with his head. I’m sure Alan will regret it and look back on it later and wonder what the hell he’s done.”

A history of touchline tantrums:

January 2014

Pardew directed  foul-mouthed abuse at Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini when the teams met this season. The Newcastle manager had to apologise after being heard to shout ‘f****** old c***’ at Pellegrini in the wake of a decision to disallow Cheick Tioté’s first-half goal as the Magpies went down 2-0.

August 2012

Pardew got a two-match touchline ban and a £20,000 fine for shoving assistant referee Peter Kirkup in Newcastle’s win over Spurs. Pardew was angered by a failure to award his side a throw-in. He was banished to the stands by referee Martin Atkinson.

November 2006

Pardew had a dispute with Arsène Wenger after celebrating West Ham’s win over Arsenal. Wenger claimed he was provoked into pushing Pardew after Pardew’s celebrations at West Ham’s late win. Wenger was later fined by the FA, while Pardew was cleared of the charges in January 2007.

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