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Pardew fined £100,000 by Newcastle for headbutt

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Alan Pardew is now facing a lengthy ban and fine from the FA for headbutting David Meyler © Getty Images
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Newcastle United have fined manager Alan Pardew £100,000 and issued him a formal warning after he headbutted Hull midfielder David Meyler during Newcastle's 4-1 win at Hull City.

Referee Kevin Friend sent Pardew to the stands after Meyler reacted angrily to the incident. And although Pardew has issued a full, unreserved apology, Newcastle chose to make a strong statement late on Saturday.

Pardew seems certain to face a lengthy touchline ban and a massive fine for his actions, which come just two months after the FA reminded him about his responsibilities after a foul-mouthed tirade at Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini.

Newcastle wrote on their official website: "Newcastle United are disappointed with the actions of its manager Alan Pardew this afternoon [Saturday]. His behaviour was unacceptable and is not the behaviour we expect from the manager of Newcastle United.

"It is most disappointing that this incident has taken the focus away from what was a fantastic performance by the team and an excellent result away from home which leaves the club in eighth place in the Premier League.

"Sadly, the headlines tomorrow will not be focused on the result or the efforts of the players, but instead on the actions of our manager. Alan unreservedly apologised immediately following the game to the player, to Hull City Football Club and its fans, and to the fans of Newcastle United.

"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.

"The club is now drawing a line under this matter and will be making no further comment."

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