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Wednesday 30 July 2014

Pardew accepts seven-match ban

Published 11/03/2014|17:07

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Alan Pardew, centre, has thanked Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley for not sacking him after he clashed with Hull City's David Meyler

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has been handed a record seven-match ban - including a three-game stadium exclusion - for headbutting Hull midfielder David Meyler.

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Pardew, who has accepted the punishment, has also been fined £60,000 and warned about his future conduct by an independent regulatory commission after admitting a misconduct charge.

It is the longest ban ever handed out to a Premier League manager, and not since Brian Clough was banned from the touchline - from February 1989 until the end of that season for hitting fans who invaded the pitch - has a boss at a league club been given such a stiff punishment.

Pardew, who has also been fined £100,000 and given a formal warning by his club, said he will not appeal against the sanction.

The Newcastle boss said in a statement: "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."

Pardew will be banned from Craven Cottage for Newcastle's match at Fulham, and then from St James' Park for the home games against Crystal Palace and Everton.

The touchline bans will kick in for the games against Southampton (away), Manchester United (home), Stoke (away), Swansea (home).

The 52-year-old appeared at a personal hearing in front of a three-man commission. It is believed the panel also looked at recent incidents over the last two seasons.

Pardew was given a two-match touchline ban and £20,000 fine in August 2012 for pushing an assistant referee, and was also warned about his conduct in January this year following a heated exchange when he was caught on camera swearing at Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini.

The clash with Irish midfielder Meyler occurred during Newcastle's 4-1 win at Hull on March 1, which led to Pardew being sent to the stands by the referee.

After the commission's hearing, the FA announced the punishment in a statement which read: "Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew will serve a seven-match suspension with immediate effect, subject to any appeal, after he admitted an FA misconduct charge.

"An independent regulatory commission today [Tuesday 11 March 2014] ruled the first three matches imposed are a stadium ban with the remaining four a touchline ban."

Newcastle fans are hopeful Pardew's suspension will not unduly affect the club's season.

Mark Jensen, editor of online fanzine www.themag.co.uk, said: "If you were fighting for the Premier League title or battling against relegation, maybe it would hit hard with the manager not being able to influence things, particularly at half-time if things were going against you.

"The position Newcastle are in - and you hope they are aiming higher - it may be less of a problem.

"If this had happened last season, it could have been a lot more serious with Newcastle fighting possible relegation."

Other managers who have been given long bans include Paul Ince, who was given a five-game stadium ban when in charge of Blackpool earlier this season after being found guilty of "violently shoving" and swearing at a fourth official.

Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies is currently serving a five-match touchline ban for using insulting words and behaviour towards a referee.

Former Rotherham and Crawley boss Steve Evans has an infamous record of suspensions.

He was given a six-match stadium ban in 2012 following incidents in a match between Bradford City and Crawley. During his time with Crawley when they were a non-league club, he was given a 13-match ban in 2009 after a number of misconduct charges.

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