More sanctions likely for Pardew's headbutt

Magpies fine feisty manager £100,000 with a formal warning, but FA says it will impose a big financial penalty and a long touchline ban

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 02 March, 2014, 2:54pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 02 March, 2014, 9:41pm

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew was fined and warned by his club after he was sent off for headbutting a Hull City player during Saturday's Premier League match..

Pardew was fined £100,000 (HK$1.3 million) and given a formal warning by Newcastle who said his behaviour was “unacceptable”, while FA chairman Greg Dyke said the governing body would investigate the incident.

Pardew was sent to the stands by referee Kevin Friend when he headbutted Hull midfielder David Meyler on the sideline after 72 minutes of Newcastle’s 4-1 win at Hull’s KC Stadium and he is likely to face a hefty FA fine and a touchline ban.

The unsavoury incident at Hull began when midfielder Meyler tried to move Pardew, who was standing by the touchline, out of the way to take a quick throw.

Meyler was handed a yellow card for his part in the fracas which quickly escalated involving a whole host of jostling players and officials.

Pardew, who was fined £20,000 (HK$260,000) and banned for two matches at the start of last season for shoving an assistant referee, apologised for his behaviour on Saturday.

He told Sky Sports: “I will have to sit down from now on because that’s two or three incidents I’ve been involved in.

I didn’t mean to do anything aggressive but I did move my head forward
Alan Pardew

“I didn’t mean to do anything aggressive but I did move my head forward and that’s enough. I wouldn’t have got involved if I’d been on the other side of the line. Perhaps it will teach me to sit down.

“It’s a shame because it took the gloss off a fantastic performance from us.”

Dyke, speaking in Zurich after a meeting of the International Football Association Board, said he had watched the incident, adding: “I’ve only just seen the clip and clearly it looks serious and we will investigate it.”

Newcastle later issued a statement saying Pardew had accepted a formal warning and adding: “We have held discussions this evening with Alan who has offered his sincere apologies to the club and it is clear he deeply regrets his actions.”

“His behaviour was unacceptable and is not the behaviour we expect from the manager of Newcastle United.”