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WATCH: Alan Pardew sent off for headbutt on Hull’s Meyler, as Newcastle manager loses the plot

Mar 1, 2014, 12:42 PM EDT

With 20 minutes to go against Hull City on Saturday, Newcastle United were cruising as they led 3-1.

But then pandemonium broke out as Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was involved in an altercation with Hull City midfielder David Meyler and the Magpies boss inexplicably sent a headbutt in Meyler’s direction as a mass brawl broke out on the sidelines.

Referee Kevin Friend sent Pardew off and the Newcastle manager watched from the stands as his side won 4-1, but the English manager will be fearful of a lengthy ban and further sanctions for his terrible reaction to being slightly pushed by Meyler as the ball went out of play in front of the Newcastle bench.

Following the game Pardew, to his credit, came out and spoke to the cameras and explained what happened from his point of view and also shared his regret.

“It was a heat of the moment thing. I massively regret it and I will have to sit down from now on. Of course, I didn’t mean to do anything aggressive. I did move my head forward and that’s enough. Perhaps I need to sit down from now on. It’s a shame beacons it’s taken the gloss off a terrific performance. Of course I apologize. I represent a big club.”

  1. pvieira21 - Mar 1, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    Yes he was wrong, but Meyler should have gotten a yellow for shoving Pardew in the first place whether or not Pardew was in the way. No player should push a manager. I know things were getting heated because they were down 3-1 or 4-1 but that doesn’t give the excuse to shove a rival manager. It’s immature and there’s no place for it in sport. Pardew should get maybe a 2 game ban while Meyler should have at least 1 or 2.

    • mdac1012 - Mar 1, 2014 at 4:23 PM

      Pardew is going to get way more than a two game ban. He needs to be worried about losing his job. Be obviously has an issue with his temper because he has been involved in multiple sideline incidents with officials, other managers and now players. A manager head butting a player is a much bigger deal than another player doing it.

      • babatundew - Mar 2, 2014 at 11:28 PM

        Why aren’t we talking about Meyler being punished too for deliberately pushing a manager out of anger?

  2. babatundew - Mar 2, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    I agree that Pardew should be banned, fined, and instructed to take anger management classes, not sacked, but why is no one talking about Meyler’s actions? He pushed a manager deliberately out of anger. He should be fined and banned too. Why do instigators tend to get less or no punishments compared to the person who retaliates?

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