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Pardew hit with FA charge for headbutt

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Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has been charged by the FA for improper conduct for headbutting Hull midfielder David Meyler.

Pardew was fined £100,000 and given a formal warning by Newcastle for the incident which occurred during the side's 4-1 victory over Hull on Saturday. He was also sent to the stands by referee Kevin Friend.

A statement from the FA read: "Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has been charged in relation to an incident in his side's game against Hull City on March 1, 2014.

""It is alleged that in the 72nd minute of the fixture, Pardew was involved in an incident with a Hull City player that amounted to improper conduct.

"Due to the serious violent and/or aggressive nature of the reported behaviour this case has been designated as non-standard.

"Pardew has until 6pm on Thursday March 6, 2014 to respond to the charge."

Pardew apologised for the incident, saying: "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."

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