Alan Pardew Suspended for Headbutting Hull City's David Meyler

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Wednesday, 12 Mar 2014 11:24 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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Newcastle United Manager Alan Pardew will miss seven matches after the Football Association in England suspended him for headbutting Hull City's David Meyler during a soccer match on March 1.

Pardew will be banned from the stadium for the first three matches and will serve a touchline ban in the final four games, according to The Telegraph.

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The Football Association issued a statement on Tuesday about the incident.

"Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew will serve a seven-match suspension with immediate effect, subject to any appeal, after he admitted an FA misconduct charge. An Independent Regulatory Commission today ruled the first three-matches imposed are a stadium ban with the remaining four a touchline ban. Pardew was also fined £60,000 and warned as to his future conduct," the statement read.

The Guardian reported that Pardew will also undergo anger management counseling. 

"As I have made clear, I deeply regret the incident and again wholeheartedly apologize to all parties for my conduct, which I understand was not acceptable," Pardew said after the hearing. "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."

In 2007, former Kidderminster Manager Mark Yates received a four-game touchline ban and a fine for headbutting an Exeter player.

There have been other recent incidents involving managers. Last October, Blackpool's former Manager Paul Ince was slapped with a five-game ban for "violently shoving" an official during a post-match rant, according to the Guardian.

The Telegraph reported that the Football Association has been criticized for not taking a harder stance against managers misbehaving on the sidelines. 

"The punishment is a severe one, which reflects the Football Association's disgust at the incident, and annoyance that Pardew had failed to heed a number of previous warnings about his behavior," the newspaper reported. "The FA will point to the fact that this is the longest ban given to a top-flight manager and Pardew will not be allowed to direct his side from the touchline until April 28, so will only be in the dugout for Newcastle’s final three games of the season."

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