Sunday 19 November 2017

Pardew fined £100k after Myler headbutt

Alan Pardew appeared to headbutt Hull City midfielder David Meyler
Alan Pardew appeared to headbutt Hull City midfielder David Meyler
Newcastle United's manager Alan Pardew and Hull City's David Meyler confront each other during yesterday’s game at the KC Stadium. Photo: Lynne Cameron

Luke Edwards and Jon Culley

Newcastle United last night hit manager Alan Pardew with a formal warning and a £100,000 fine after he appeared to headbutt Hull City midfielder David Meyler yesterday.

Pardew was sent to the stands by referee Kevin Friend following the incident, which took place on the touchline at the KC Stadium, and the FA chairman Greg Dyke said last night the governing body viewed the incident as "serious".

Pardew, for whom this was the most serious in a long history of touchline offences, is certain to also be fined by the FA and subjected to a stadium or touchline ban which could run for several months, but by far the most serious consequence for the Newcastle manager would be the termination of the longest managerial contract in the Premier League, which still has six years to run.

The flashpoint occurred midway through the second half of Newcastle's 4-1 win, when Corkman Myler pushed Pardew, apparently by accident, as he ran to retrieve a ball that had gone out of play. Pardew first pushed Meyler away and then leaned into him, at which point there was clear head-to-head contact.

One former Newcastle manager, Graeme Souness, said Pardew's position was untenable, while another, Alan Shearer, said the club had clear grounds to sack him.

Pardew, 51, last night apologised but insisted it had not been a full-blooded butt, or a sackable offence.

"I don't think it is a sacking offence, although everyone is entitled to their opinion," he said. "I wouldn't call it a headbutt. It was not a fast enough motion to be called a head butt. But I shouldn't have been there. He was right on top of me. I've tried to ease him away from me but I've put my head there in a forward motion and you can't do that. I'd like to apologise to him, to everyone at Hull and particularly to my own fans as well at Newcastle.

"From now on I'm going to have to sit down on the bench and keep out of the way, I think. That's the second incident I've been involved in this season. Hopefully I will still be in the dugout although we will have to wait and see. I am not stupid enough to think there will be no punishment and I'll accept what comes my way."

Newcastle moved swiftly to fine their manager, and the club issued a formal statement late last night expressing disappointment with Pardew.

"Newcastle United are disappointed with the actions of its manager Alan Pardew this afternoon. His behaviour was unacceptable and is not the behaviour we expect from the manager of Newcastle United. The club is now drawing a line under this matter and will be making no further comment.

Hull manager Steve Bruce said: "Alan has apologised to us as a club. I think he has apologised to everyone and the matter is over. I've never seen or witnessed anything like that. The one thing I will say about David Meyler is that thankfully it was him because some others might have started rolling around on the floor.

"Pardew is lucky he did not get one back because a 25-year-old against a 50-year-old, then he would have been in trouble. Alan has led with his head and obviously lost it. I don't think I have ever seen a manager so anything like that. We are all in a state of shock.

"We accept his apology. David has accepted his apology and we move on. It is for him to deal with the consequences."

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