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Newcastle boss Alan Pardew requests personal hearing over headbutt charge


Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has requested a personal hearing after accepting Football Association misconduct charge.

The 52-year-old, as expected, has decided not to contest the charge levelled against him for head-butting Hull midfielder David Meyler during last Saturday’s 4-1 Barclays Premier League victory at the KC Stadium.

However Pardew, who apologised for his behaviour immediately after the game, has asked to attend the hearing which will decide his punishment at a date to be arranged.

An FA statement said: “Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has admitted an FA misconduct charge in relation to his side’s game against Hull City on March 1, 2014.

“Pardew was involved in an incident with a Hull City player in the 72nd minute of this fixture.

“Pardew has requested a personal hearing, the date of which will be set in due course.”

A range of penalties is available to the FA, which is treating the incident as a “non-standard” offence, which means there is no pre-determined punishment.

However, a lengthy stadium ban, which would prevent Pardew from watching his side in action, is one of the options open to disciplinary chiefs.

The Magpies manager was charged on Monday two days after confronting Republic of Ireland international Meyler on the touchline.

Meyler, a former Sunderland player, had collided with Pardew as he chased a ball out of play and the older man reacted angrily, thrusting his head towards his face.

Match referee Kevin Friend issued a yellow card to the Tigers man and then sent the Newcastle boss to the stands.

A contrite Pardew swiftly apologised after the game, but that did not prevent his employers from treating the matter with the utmost seriousness.

Within hours of the final whistle, he had been fined £100,000 and handed a formal warning, although club owner Mike Ashley decided not to relieve him of his duties.

Humberside Police confirmed earlier this week that they would be taking no action against the former Crystal Palace midfielder after neither Meyler nor Hull made a formal complaint.

However, it was inevitable that the FA would act, and Pardew will now have to wait to see how they judge the magnitude of his wrongdoing.

Another sizeable fine and a touchline ban are likely to be the minimum he can expect, and assistant manager John Carver seems certain to find himself in a more prominent role in the dug-out over the next few weeks.

Newcastle have no fixture this weekend, but travel to struggling Fulham next Saturday, by which time Pardew will surely know his fate.


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