Newcastle United manager could face lengthy ban and questions over his career after clashing with David Meyler
Alan Pardew, a man who has had his fair share of touchline scuffles in the past, truly crossed the line on Saturday afternoon when he appeared to head butt Hull City player David Meyler.
With 20 minutes left, and Hull chasing the game, the ball went out for a throw in and David Meyler moved Pardew as he lingered over it. A shoving match ensued during which Pardew leant his head into Meyler, who then understandably reacted furiously.
Referee Kevin Friend sent the Newcastle manager to the stands and booked Meyler.
The footage above doesn't show the incident clearly, but it is likely further angles will emerge in the coming days.
What was all the more bewildering about Pardew's reaction was that his side were actually winning the game 3-1, and ended up as 4-1 victors.
The Toon boss has some previous when it comes to clashes on the touchline. Earlier this season he was alleged to have verbally abused Manuel Pellegrini, at the start of last season he pushed an assistant referee over and received a a two-match touchline ban and a £20,000 fine, and he also has clashes with then Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill and Arsene Wenger further blotting his copybook.
After the game at the KC Stadium, Pardew spoke to the waiting press, and was in apologetic mood.
"It was a heat of the moment thing," said the former West Ham boss. "I massively regret it and I will have to sit down from now on.
"Of course, I didn't mean to do anything aggressive. I did move my head forward and that's enough. I tried to push him away with my head and I shouldn't have done that. My team were terrific and it's only myself who had a poor performance.
"Perhaps I need to sit down from now on. It's a shame because it's taken the gloss off a terrific performance.
"Of course I apologise. I represent a big club."
Only time will tell whether Pardew's apology holds any weight with the FA, who could choose to make an example of a manager that has been in trouble in the past.
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