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The saga around Alan Pardew's suspension has ended, with the Newcastle boss now suspended for seven games. The Magpies boss was seen headbutting Hull City midfielder David Meyler during Newcastle's recent 4-1 win at the KC Stadium, and the FA has reached its decision by handing Pardew a three-match stadium ban followed by a four-game touchline banm and Pardew has accepted his punishment.
"As I have made clear, I deeply regret the incident and again wholeheartedly apologise to all parties for my conduct, which I understand was not acceptable," said Pardew.
"I will accept the punishment handed down by the FA. My focus now turns to preparing the team for this weekend's game against Fulham and finishing the season as strongly as possible."
Pardew's hopes of European qualification have been dealt a blow with this news, but arguably more damaging was the departure of key midfielder Yohan Cabaye. The French international headed back to his homeland with Paris Saint-Germain in the January transfer window, but despite starting just once under Laurent Blanc so far, Cabaye says he has no regrets about his move.
"I want to focus on the positive aspects - they are a great club and I'm training with great players. I have gone from a situation at Newcastle where I was an automatic starter, to one where I don't know when I will next play. However, I absolutely don't regret my decision, I have come here to win and climb the hierarchy," said Cabaye.
Meanwhile, another French international could be exiting St. James' Park, as striker Loic Remy has admitted that he is eyeing a move away from the North East at the end of the season. Remy is currently on loan from Championship side QPR, but with Arsenal reportedly looking at bringing Remy to the Emirates Stadium, the former Marseille man says he is ready for a bigger club.
"Now, without being pretentious, I could perhaps play at a bigger club, a club in the top five in Europe," said Remy "Yes, I will be part of Europe's top five or I will be part of a very big club. I'm sure of what I can do. I can be a lot better. I still have quite an enormous amount of room for improvement."