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Pardew admits FA misconduct charge


NEWCASTLE boss Alan Pardew has admitted a charge of misconduct after headbutting Hull midfielder David Meyler, the Football Association has confirmed.

The 52-year-old (right), who had until 6pm last night to respond to the charge, has requested a personal hearing, the date for which is due to be set.

Pardew was charged by the FA on Monday.

The Magpies were leading 3-1 at the KC Stadium and on their way to a 4-1 Premier League victory when he and Meyler came into contact close to the Newcastle manager's technical area.

Pardew reacted angrily and thrust his head towards Meyler's, prompting an unsavoury melee.

Pardew later issued a contrite apology, but his club responded within hours, warning him that his behaviour had been unacceptable and fining him £100,000.

That was the end of the matter as far as they were concerned, with sources on Tyneside quick to dismiss suggestions that the manager would be sacked as a result of his actions.

However, that was never likely to be enough for the football authorities and Pardew seems certain to face stringent punishment.

His chequered recent history on the sideline – he has clashed with former Sunderland counterpart Martin O'Neill and Manchester City's Manuel Pellegrini, as well as pushing assistant referee Peter Kirkup – will not do him any favours, with the FA treating his latest offence as a "non-standard" misdemeanour.

It is understood a stadium ban is a distinct possibility.

Newcastle are not in action this weekend, but will resume at struggling Fulham next Saturday looking for a third successive victory.

Whether Pardew will be there or not remains to be seen, and assistant John Carver could find himself thrust into the limelight.