Newcastle fines Pardew for head-butting Hull player
Newcastle have fined manager Alan Pardew £100,000 ($167,580) and issued him with a formal warning following his clash with Hull City’s David Meyler.
The Magpies manager was involved in an astonishing incident on the touchline during the 4-1 victory at the KC Stadium when he appeared to attempt to headbutt the Tigers midfielder.
Referee Kevin Friend sent Pardew to the stands and booked Meyler, with the Newcastle boss issuing an immediate apology after the match.
However, that has not prevented the Premier League club from taking swift disciplinary action, while the FA have also pledged to investigate the incident.
A statement on the club’s official website on Saturday evening read: "Newcastle United are disappointed with the actions of its manager Alan Pardew this afternoon.
"His behavior was unacceptable and is not the behavior 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 Barclays 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 apologized 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.
"The club is now drawing a line under this matter and will be making no further comment."