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Alan Pardew Red-Carded for Apparent Headbutt of Hull City's David Meyler

HULL, ENGLAND - MARCH 01:  Fourth official Howard Webb restrains David Meyler of Hull City (7) after a clash with Alan Pardew manager of Newcastle United (L) during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and Newcastle United at KC Stadium on March 1, 2014 in Hull, England.  (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)
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Tim DanielsFeatured Columnist IVNovember 1, 2016

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew was sent off during the club's match with Hull City after an altercation and apparent headbutt of Tigers midfielder David Meyler.

The Magpies' official Twitter account passed along word of the ejection and also noted Meyler received a yellow card for his role in the scuffle:

The team released a statement saying Meyler had been fined £100,000 for his actions:

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. Alan has accepted a formal warning from the Club in relation to his behaviour today and also a Club fine of £100,000.

Ben Rumsby of The Daily Telegraph provides FA chairman Greg Dyke's take on the situation:

Longtime striker Gary Lineker considers the actions of Pardew inexcusable:

The incident happened as Hull players were attempting to chase down a ball that went out of bounds. Newcastle's boss held his ground, which led to a collision, and then words were exchanged, which further escalated the scrum.

Meyler and Pardew then got physical as the midfielder pushed the manager, who appeared to deliver a headbutt.

Squawka Football passed along a picture from what looks like the moment of contact:

The Guardian also provided a look at the confrontation:

These types of incidents pop up occasionally when tensions are running high. While Meyler shouldn't have pushed an opposing manager, Pardew must do a better job of controlling his emotions as the leader of his side and avoid that type of conflict.

Pardew said as much after the match, according to the BBC. He explained what happened and then apologized for his actions:

It was a heat of the moment thing. 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.

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.

Pardew gave a formal apology after the match, according to Newcastle's official website:

Apart from myself, everyone in the squad was brilliant today.

Everyone has got nine out of ten, except me. The incident involving myself is not good enough.

I'm the Newcastle United manager and I would like to apologise to all our fans for my conduct.

It was wrong and is a wake-up call for me to go and sit down and have a think.

I did not mean any damage to the guy but I have moved my head forward. I tried to push him away with my head but I should not have done that.

I apologise to everyone. I should not have got involved in it.

Newcastle went on to win the match 4-1. The main question coming out of the match, however, is whether further discipline will be coming for Pardew and Meyler.

It wouldn't be a surprise if either bans or fines are handed down as a result of the incident. The Football Association simply can't allow this type of incident to occur without some type of response. Exactly what it will be, though, is unknown at this time.

 

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