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Decision time for under-fire Pardew

Alan Pardew just before he was sent off on Saturday Credit: PA Wire

Newcastle United's manager Alan Pardew has until 6pm this evening (Thursday) to contest a charge of improper conduct from the Football Association.

It follows the infamous head-butting incident at the weekend when his side played Hull City.

If found guilty by the FA, Pardew could be banned from football grounds for the rest of the season.

He has already been fined £100,000 by his employer, Newcastle United.

Pardew head-butted Hull City's David Meyler after the midfielder collided with him when trying to retrieve the ball for a throw-in.

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Shepherd: Headbutt shame will follow Pardew for life

Freddy Shepherd has told ITV News Tyne Tees that the controversy surrounding Alan Pardew's headbutt of Hull's David Meyler will follow him for the rest of his life.

Speaking about the incident, the former Newcastle United owner said: "He has got that for the rest of his life. That will be on his back for the rest of his life."

In the interview, Freddy Shepherd also made it clear that he does not want to see Alan Pardew lose his job.

Newcastle want better from Pardew

Newcastle fans have called upon manager Alan Pardew to "lead by example" as he awaits a call from the Football Association.

Pardew seems certain to be hit with an FA charge after allegedly head-butting Hull midfielder David Meyler during his side's 4-1 victory at the KC Stadium on Saturday.

"Pardew does seem to stand on the touchline for virtually the whole match.

Some people say he loves being the centre of attention. I don't know if that's true or whether he just wants to have the best view of the game.

But whatever it is, you look to the manager to lead by example and when you have fans running on the pitch, like one did during the Sunderland game and he ends up in court and fined, it does leave the club open to criticism.

For me, the saddest thing is Newcastle played better than they have for about two months, but naturally all anybody wants to talk about is that incident."

– MARK JENSEN, EDITOR OF ONLINE FANZINE WWW.THEMAG.CO.UK

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Pardew's previous touchline disputes

Alan Pardew provoked fury yesterday when he headbutted Hull midfielder David Meyler.

The Newcastle boss was fined £100,000 by the club for the incident during his side's 4-1 victory at the KC Stadium.

He has been no stranger to controversy, having had touchline altercations with other managers already this season.

  • March 2012 - In the Tyne-Wear derby, Pardew, now Newcastle boss, clashed with Martin O'Neill following his celebration to Shola Ameobi's late equaliser in a heated match. Both managers pledged afterwards to keep their emotions in check in future.
  • August 2012 - Pardew came under severe criticism and then afterwards labelled his behaviour "ridiculous" when he shoved linesman Peter Kirkup in the Magpies' season opener against Tottenham. Pardew once again apologised but the FA hit him with a two-match touchline ban and a £20,000 fine.
  • January 2014 - Pardew became involved in another touchline row, with Manchester City manager Pellegrini. Television cameras clearly showed the Newcastle boss launching an expletive-laden volley at the Chilean.

On that occasion, Pardew was spared punishment but said later: "It was a heat of the moment thing, words we always have as managers, to a degree. I've apologised and I'm fortunate that he's accepted that."

Alan Pardew's actions "unacceptable", says Newcastle

Newcastle United have issued a statement saying Alan Pardew's touchline actions yesterday were "unacceptable".

The Magpies' boss headbutted Hull City's David Meyler after the midfielder collided with him when trying to retrieve the ball for a throw-in.

The club also says it is "most disappointing" that Alan Pardew's actions will detract attention from their convincing away win against Hull.

Newcastle United are disappointed with the actions of its manager Alan Pardew this afternoon. His behaviour was unacceptable and is not the behaviour we expect from the manager of Newcastle United.

It is most disappointing that this incident has taken the focus away from what was a fantastic performance by the team and an excellent result away from home which leaves the club in eighth place in the Premier League."

– Newcastle United

You can see the full statement here.

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