March 11, 2014

Pardew handed seven-game ban

The Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has been handed a seven-game ban at a disciplinary hearing after admitting a misconduct charge for head-butting the Hull midfielder David Meyler.

The first three matches imposed are a stadium ban with the remaining four a touchline ban. Pardew was also fined £60,000 and warned as to his future conduct.

Alan Pardew

The manager had a personal hearing in front of a three-man independent regulatory commission who pronounced on the sanction.

The Football Association had charged Pardew with improper conduct described as “serious violent” and “non-standard” by the governing body.

There were no precedents for a Premier League manager head-butting a player although Paul Ince was handed a five-match stadium ban in October when he was manager of Blackpool for a “violent push” on a match official.

Two years ago Steve Evans, then the Crawley Town manager, was given a six-game ground expulsion and a £3,000 fine for using “abusive and insulting words” that “included a reference to gender”.