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FA charges Newcastle boss for ‘headbutt’

The Football Association has charged Alan Pardew with improper conduct for his ‘headbutt’ on Hull midfielder David Meyler in his side’s 4-1 win at the KC Stadium.

The Newcastle boss was immediately sent to the stands after the incident in the second half of the match.

Pardew has already been fined £100,000 by Newcastle along with issuing an apology, but will not face any criminal punishment.

The Toon boss has two days – until March 6th –to appeal the charge, which could lead to an even longer ban.

The incident occurred when Meyler shoved pass Pardew in an attempt to take a quick throw-in, which angered the 52-year-old manager resulting in pushing his head into the Hull midfielder.

The FA statement said: “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 6 March 2014 to respond to the charge.”

The former West Ham manager intends to not contest the charge, accepting whatever punishment is given to him by the FA.

Freddy Shephered, ex-Newcastle Chairman, expects the FA to make an example out of Pardew.

“It will be bigger than a 10-match ban, they [the FA] will really go to town,” Shepherd told BBC Sport.

“He is human and he lost the plot. The club have done the right thing in giving him a huge fine, a month’s wages.

“He has apologized and he shouldn’t have done it. It was ridiculous, but he will face the penalty and carry that around for the rest of his life.

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