David Meyler says he is happy to accept Alan Pardew’s apology for the sensational headbutt incident between the pair back in March, reports the Daily Mail.
Meyler and Pardew are set to come face to face for the first time since the incident, and will actively seek out Meyler to offer him his hand before the game.
And the Republic of Ireland international says he will be only too happy to accept, insisting he was not phased by the incident at the KC Stadium.
‘What’s the point of me dwelling on it? It’s done, it’s dusted,’ he said. ‘I come from a big GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) background, I played a lot of hurling and Gaelic football growing up as a kid and you used to get belted as a kid all the time.
‘That’s just the way it was. I used to live and breathe that. You would go home and your hands would be cut, your legs would be cut.
‘I was more annoyed because we lost 4-1. I flew home with my father and we never spoke about it once. We spoke about the game. The incident was nothing. You’ve got to move on. You can’t keep thinking about it.’
Pardew was fined £100,000 by Newcastle, and another £60,000 from the FA. He was also handed a seven-game touchline ban, and since his return he has come under intense pressure from the Newcastle supporters – with some reports suggesting anything less than a win today will see him sacked as manager.