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A look ahead to this weekend's fixture at Craven Cottage

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Alan Pardew clashed with Hull midfielder David Meyler last month
Loic Remy celebrates after scoring for Newcastle against Stoke
Alan Pardew clashed with Hull midfielder David Meyler last month
David Meyler of Hull City clashes with Alan Pardew, Manager of Newcastle United during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and Newcastle United

Alan Pardew head-butt: Newcastle manager to learn fate over incident with David Meyler

It is expected the FA will come down hard on Pardew

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Dan Gosling: Newcastle midfielder admits FA betting misconduct charge

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Heading for trouble: Alan Pardew attacks David Meyler in a confrontation which led to him being sent to the stands at the KC Stadium
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Nile Ranger cleared of rape charges following week-long trial

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Heading for trouble: Alan Pardew attacks David Meyler in a confrontation which led to him being sent to the stands at the KC Stadium

Alan Pardew head-butt: Newcastle manager has until Thursday to respond to FA charge

Pardew has already been fined £100,000 and formally warned by the club but faces further action from the FA

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was sent to the stands for appearing to headbutt Hull midfielder David Meyler
Heading for trouble: Alan Pardew attacks David Meyler in a confrontation which led to him being sent to the stands at the KC Stadium

Alan Pardew head-butt: Police will not take action against the Newcastle manager

The Magpies boss attacked Hull midfielder David Meyler

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Alan Pardew head-butt: Why the Newcastle manager slammed Graeme Souness and his Istanbul flag incident

Souness had said Pardew should be sacked for head-butting Hull midfielder

Alan Pardew head-butt: Newcastle fans call on manager to lead by example ahead of FA decision

Governing body are likely to charge Pardew after he was sent to the stands during Newcastle's 4-1 win over Hull for head-butting David Meyler

Alan Pardew (left) was involved in an ugly confrontation with Hull's David Meyler on Saturday

Alan Pardew head-butt: Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley shows he now trusts his manager

Mad moment will not cost Pardew his job as he sings from owner’s hymn sheet

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