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Whilst Newcastle followed up their 1-0 win over Aston Villa with an even more impressive 4-1 victory at Hull City, their win has been put on the backburner because of Alan Pardew altercation with Hull midfielder David Meyler. The Newcastle boss was seen headbutting the former Sunderland man, and has duly apologised for his reaction.
“It was a heat of the moment thing. I massively regret it. He was right on top of me and I wanted to just ease him away from me but obviously I put my head in a forward motion. You can’t do that," said Pardew.
“I want to apologise to him, everyone at Hull and obviously my own fans as well. Sometimes when you’re on the sideline you can get involved in a moment like that. I don’t think it was a headbutt. It wasn’t a motion that was quick.”
As a result, Pardew has been charged by the FA and speculation suggests that the former West Ham and Southampton boss could be suspended for the rest of the season. Pardew has already been fined £100,000, but a suspension may be necessary for such a violent act towards an opposing player.
The bad news is piling up for Pardew, as target Remy Cabella has been told by his Montpellier owner Louis Nicollin to move anywhere but St. James' Park. Nicollin believes that in order to be a success in England, Cabella would need to move to one of the 'bigger' clubs, and simply wants the best for his star player.
“We have promised to let him leave but we will try and advise him to not just leave for anywhere. Is Newcastle a good destination? Don’t make me laugh. In England you have to go to Chelsea, Arsenal or the two Manchester teams.
“If Newcastle offer twenty million Euros and Arsenal five million, I don’t think I would sell him. I’m capable of doing this; I wouldn’t prevent him but I don’t think he is made for that club. Would I advise him against joining Newcastle United? Definitely, as for Arsenal – why not."
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