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Newcastle Utd helped cement a top-four finish with a spirited 4-1 victory over Hull at the KC Stadium on Saturday, but the game—and every other Premier League game—was overshadowed by the touchline actions of Alan Pardew.
With less than 20 minutes to go, the Newcastle manager took exception to David Meyler shifting him out of the way to take a throw-in. The midfielder and coach squared up to one another before Pardew headbutted the player in the face. There wasn't a great deal of contact, but the Toon boss clearly showed violent intent.
Pardew was sent to the stands and has subsequently been fined £100,000 by the club, per The BBC. Many pundits believe the incident may lead to his resignation or sacking, with Alan Shearer suggesting on BeIN Sports that his days may be numbered (h/t The Guardian):
Frankly I wouldn't be surprised, and I don't think anybody will be surprised at all, if Alan Pardew were to resign over this.
Even if he doesn't want to resign, the club might be saying to him – we might be doing you a favour – you resign, rather than us sack you, because that will have to be in his thinking also.
Pardew, who has form for touchline confrontation, apologised after the incident, but can expect to be the subject of an FA investigation.