Alan Pardew hit with seven-game ban

Alan Pardew

FA acts after Newcastle United manager head-butted Hull City's David Meyler.

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has been handed a seven game ban after head-butting Hull City’s David Meyler in the 4-1 win against Hull City at the start of this month.

He has been banned from attending the stadium for the next three matches with the remaining four a touchline ban – and has been fined £60,000.

Pardew was fined £100,000 by the club on the same day as the incident and was warned about his future conduct.

The Newcastle boss said: "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.

"I will accept the punishment handed down by the FA today. My focus now turns to preparing the team for this weekend's game against Fulham and finishing the season as strongly as possible."

The ban means he will not be allowed to attend the weekend’s game away to Fulham at Craven Cottage – or the home games against Crystal Palace and Everton.

The following four games - away to Southampton, home to Manchester United, away to Stoke City and at home to Swansea City - he will have to watch from the stands; but he will be able to take his place on the touchline for the trip to Arsenal.

Some have argued that Pardew is lucky to be in a job at all after the incident. But there have been those who have leapt to his defence - including Jose Mourinho - who said he has made a mistake, and said the Newcastle boss is a ‘great guy.’

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