Alan Pardew Charged with Improper Conduct by FA for Headbutt vs. Hull City

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IMarch 3, 2014

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Updates from Thursday, Mar. 6

Alan Pardew has accepted his charge of improper conduct, the FA confirmed in a release on its website:

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has admitted an FA misconduct charge in relation to his side’s game against Hull City on 1 March 2014.

Pardew was involved in an incident with a Hull City player in the 72nd minute of this fixture.

He has requested a personal hearing, the date of which will be set in due course.

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Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association after headbutting Hull City midfielder David Meyler in Saturday's 4-1 win at KC Stadium.

Newcastle's official Twitter account confirmed the news Monday:

The Associated Press' Rob Harris reports that Pardew will have just a few days to craft a response to the charge: 

According to BBC Sport, Pardew was fined £100,000 and given a formal warning by Newcastle prior to being charged: "We have held discussions with Alan, who has offered his sincere apologies. It is clear he deeply regrets his actions."

The shocking incident occurred midway through the second half of Saturday's Premier League showdown at Hull, when Meyler pushed his way past Pardew in an effort to set up a throw-in for the Tigers. The two men came together and the 52-year-old Pardew shoved his head into Meyler's face.

Pardew was sent off shortly after and Meyler received a yellow card for his role. Gary Lineker commented on the incident:

Pardew apologized after the incident, but wouldn't go so far as to say he headbutted Meyler, per BBC Sport:

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. I apologise to everyone. I should not have got involved in it. I don't think it was a headbutt. It wasn't a motion that was quick.

Although Pardew's conduct could potentially put Newcastle at a disadvantage moving forward, it remains to be seen what sort of impact it will have on the Magpies' 2013-14 Premier League campaign overall. 

Newcastle are already in the midst of a downward spiral, having lost seven of 11 matches since Dec. 29. 

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
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With only 10 league matches remaining, the Magpies appear to be in no-man's land in the league table. Fourteen points back of a top-four spot and 19 points clear of relegation, Newcastle—currently eighth—are all but guaranteed to wind up better than last year's 16th-place finish, but unlikely to record a top-five finish for what would be the second time in three seasons. 

Despite Pardew's issues, it will ultimately come down to what the Magpies are able to accomplish on the pitch in the final two months of the season. And with the squad losing Yohan Cabaye to Paris Saint-Germain during January's transfer window, Newcastle clearly lack the necessary firepower to overcome their poor start to the new year and secure a memorable finish.   


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