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Sunderland to take on Crystal Palace in relegation clash

Up for a challenge: Gus Poyet is desperate to dodge relegation. Credit: PA
In the same boat: Tony Pulis's Crystal Palace also risk going under. Credit: PA
Back in action: the expected return from injury of defender Wes Brown will be a boost for the Black Cats. Credit: PA

Sunderland will welcome South Londoners Crystal Palace to the Stadium of Light this afternoon.

The encounter will be a key relegation clash. The Black Cats are 19th in the Premier League with 24 points but they have only played 26 games. Meanwhile, Crystal Palace are 16th with 28 points but they have played 28 games. Kick-off is at 3pm. You can see more on all the day's action here.

Alan Pardew to begin stadium ban

Alan Pardew at the Hull game on Saturday 1 March. Credit: PA
Sitting it out: the Newcastle boss is barred from Craven Cottage today. Credit: PA

Alan Pardew will begin his stadium ban this afternoon as Newcastle take on Fulham at Craven Cottage at 3 o'clock.

The Magpies' boss has been banned for seven matches by an independent FA commission over his clash with Hull's David Meyler during Newcastle's 4-1 win on Saturday 1 March. He is barred completely from the stadium for the first three matches and must sit in the stands for the remaining four.

Speaking at the pre-match press conference earlier this week, Pardew said: “It was an independent panel and it was a decision that I was going to accept. I had no intention to appeal the decision whatever it was, and therefore was going to accept what they decided to do.”

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Pardew will deliver Newcastle United's team talk at hotel

Newcastle United's assistant manager, John Carver, will be the man in charge at Fulham tomorrow, because manager Alan Pardew is banned from the stadium after headbutting a player at Hull.

They knew it was coming, so the Magpies have planned for it. All the tactical work has been done and Pardew is allowed at the team hotel, where he will, essentially, deliver the team talk.

He said it could even work in Newcastle's favour.

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Bruce accepts Pardew's headbutt apology

Hull boss Steve Bruce has accepted a written apology from his Newcastle counterpart Alan Pardew over the head-butting incident which marred their Barclays Premier League clash at the KC Stadium two weeks ago.

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Pardew was handed a seven-match ban and a cumulative £160,000 fine after admitting an FA misconduct charge relating to a touch-line fracas with Tigers midfielder David Meyler.

The Newcastle boss revealed on Thursday he had sent a letter to Bruce apologising for his actions, and Bruce says he is now keen to draw a line under the incident.

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Pardew: 'I deeply regret the incident'

Alan Pardew has accepted his seven match ban and fine after head-butting Hull midfielder David Meyler.

It is the longest ban ever handed out to a Premier League manager, and not since Brian Clough was banned from the touchline - from February 1989 until the end of that season.

Pardew, who has also been fined £100,000 and given a formal warning by his club, will not appeal against the sanction.

"As I have made clear, I deeply regret the incident and again wholeheartedly apologise to all parties for my conduct, which I understand was not acceptable.

"I will accept the punishment handed down by the FA today. My focus now turns to preparing the team for this weekend's game against Fulham and finishing the season as strongly as possible."

– Alan Pardew statement

Pardew will be banned from Craven Cottage this weekend, and then from St James' Park for the home games against Crystal Palace and Everton.

The touchline bans will kick in for the games against Southampton (away), Manchester United (home), Stoke (away), Swansea (home).

Newcastle boss Pardew's record ban

Alan Pardew Credit: PA

Alan Pardew will start his record seven-match ban by missing Newcastle's trip to Fulham this weekend.

The Newcastle manager was handed the seven-game ban - including a three-game stadium exclusion - for head-butting Hull midfielder David Meyler.

Pardew, who has accepted the punishment, has also been fined £60,000 and warned about his future conduct by an independent regulatory commission after admitting a misconduct charge.

It is the longest ban ever handed out to a Premier League manager, and not since Brian Clough was banned from the touchline - from February 1989 until the end of that season for hitting fans, who invaded the pitch - has a boss at a league club been given such a stiff punishment.

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Middlesbrough draw to Nottingham Forest

Looking for an opening: Middlesbrough's Nathaniel Chalobah at the Riverside tonight. Credit: PA

It was a goal a piece between Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest in the Championship this evening. They drew 1-1 at the Riverside Stadium.

In League Two, Hartlepool drew 0-0 at Accrington and York beat Mansfield 1-0 away from home.

You can see more on the day's action here.

Alan Pardew's seven match ban: Full Report

Alan Pardew's seven match ban was not entirely unexpected. But some commentators say it could have been a lot worse.

There were some suggestions that the Newcastle manager could have received a stadium ban until the end of the season.

Lee Ryder, Chief Sports Writer for the Newcastle Evening Chronicle says that the ban will affect the club, especially in the three games where Pardew is banned from stadiums.

While former Newcastle and England striker Alan Shearer says the magpies boss has to take his punishment on the chin.

The incident at Hull City was the latest in a line of controversial moments that Pardew has been involved in. There are some who believer anger management could be something the Newcastle manager should consider.

Richard Cave runs a counselling service in Newcastle and says that anger is a good emotion, it's about how to channel it.

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