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Alan Pardew: "I deeply regret the incident and wholeheartedly apologise"

Alan Pardew hits out at Hull's David Meyler Credit: PA

Alan Pardew was told the seven-match ban would be made up of three matches as a complete stadium ban with the remaining four a touchline ban.

The Newcastle manager was also fined £60,000 and warned as to his future conduct.

The club and Pardew have accepted the decision and now wish to draw a line under the matter.

Alan Pardew said: "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 strong as possible."

Pardew handed seven-match suspension after Hull head butt incident

Alan Pardew

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew will serve a seven-match suspension with immediate effect after admitting an FA misconduct charge following an incident with Hull City player David Meyler.

An Independent Regulatory Commission today (Tuesday, 11th March) ruled the first three-matches imposed are a stadium ban with the remaining four a touchline ban.

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Stadium ban a possibility as Pardew awaits fate for headbutt

Newcasle boss Alan Pardew is facing the prospect of a possible stadium ban at a disciplinary hearing today after admitting a misconduct charge for headbutting Hull midfielder David Meyler.

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Pardew will have a personal hearing in front of a three-man independent regulatory commission who will decide on the sanction.

The 52-year-old is expected to make a personal statement outlining his contrition at having committed the offence, and the steps he will undertake to improve his behaviour.

There have been reports that Pardew may take an anger management course, but if he does so this will be entirely his own choice - the commission has no power to order him to do so.

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The Newcastle manager was given a two-match touchline ban and £20,000 fine in August 2012 for pushing an assistant referee, and the commission is likely to take that offence into account when deciding on the sanction because it occurred within the last two seasons.

Pardew was also warned about his conduct in January this year following a heated exchange when he was caught on camera swearing at Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini.

The prospect of a stadium ban, which means he would not be allowed to attend the match at all, rather than a touchline ban is a very real one. 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.

The headbutting incident happened when Magpies were leading 3-1 at the KC Stadium when he and Meyler came into contact as Hull's Irish midfielder chased a ball out of play close to the Newcastle manager's technical area.

Meyler celebrated scoring against Sunderland by headbutting the corner flag Credit: Press Association

Match referee Kevin Friend cautioned the player for his part in the incident and then sent Pardew to the stands, from where he watched the remainder of the game.

Pardew afterwards issued a full apology and Newcastle responded within hours, warning him that his behaviour had been unacceptable and fining him £100,000.

Meyler appeared to refer to the incident in his goal celebration during Hull's 3-0 win over Sunderland on Sunday by headbutting the corner flag after scoring.

Pardew to discover FA punishment

Alan Pardew

Newcasle boss Alan Pardew is facing the prospect of a possible stadium ban at a disciplinary hearing after admitting a misconduct charge for headbutting Hull midfielder David Meyler.

Pardew will have a hearing in front of a three-man independent regulatory commission who will decide on the sanction.

The 52-year-old is expected to make a personal statement outlining his contrition at having committed the offence, and the steps he will undertake to improve his behaviour.

The Newcastle manager was given a two-match touchline ban and £20,000 fine in August 2012 for pushing an assistant referee, and the commission is likely to take that offence into account when deciding on the sanction because it occurred within the last two seasons.

Pardew was also warned about his conduct in January this year following a heated exchange when he was caught on camera swearing at Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini.

The prospect of a stadium ban, which means he would not be allowed to attend the match at all, rather than a touchline ban is a very real one. 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.

The headbutting incident happened when Magpies were leading 3-1 at the KC Stadium when he and Meyler came into contact as Hull's Irish midfielder chased a ball out of play close to the Newcastle manager's technical area.

Match referee Kevin Friend cautioned the player for his part in the incident and then sent Pardew to the stands, from where he watched the remainder of the game.

Pardew afterwards issued a full apology and Newcastle responded within hours, warning him that his behaviour had been unacceptable and fining him £100,000.

Meyler appeared to refer to the incident in his goal celebration during Hull's 3-0 win over Sunderland on Sunday by headbutting the corner flag after scoring.

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The teachers:

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa joined NUFC on January 22, 2013 Credit: ITV

Mapou Yanga-Mbwia:

Born: May 15, 1989 in Bangui, Central African Republic.

Nationality: French.

Position: Defence, centre back.

Career: Captained Montpellier to the Ligue 1 title in 2012. Three appearances for the France national team. Joined Newcastle United for an undisclosed fee, signing a five and a half year deal on January 22, 2013. He made his debut as a substitute during the club's 2-1 win over Aston Villa.

Mathieu Debuchy joined NUFC on January 4, 2013 Credit: ITV

Mathieu Debuchy:

Born: July 28, 1985 in Fretin, France.

Nationality: French.

Position: Defender, right back.

Career: Began his career at French club Lille before joining Newcastle United on a five and a half year deal on January 4, 2013, for a fee of around £5.5 million. He made his debut against Norwich on January 12. Capped by France 19 times.

Newcastle United players give French lessons in schools

Newcastle United has a reputation for welcoming French football players. Today, two of them will be hoping to repay the favour.

Defenders Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Mathieu Debuchy are giving a French language lesson at the Newcastle School for Boys.

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Last season, fans embraced red, white and blue along with black and white - even the famous Strawberry pub was renamed La Fraise Credit: Steve Drew/EMPICS Sport

Nile Ranger investigation: police suspended

Two police officers involved in the Nile Ranger rape investigation have been suspended from duty.

Ranger, 22, was cleared of rape earlier this week at Newcastle Crown Court.

It had been alleged, wrongly, that the former Newcastle United striker attacked a woman at a hotel in Jesmond.

Now two officers involved in the case face an internal investigation.

“We can confirm that two officers are currently suspended for neglect of duty. We took legal advice and were told that if any disciplinary hearing took place before the trial it could prejudice the rape trial. Therefore we reluctantly postponed misconduct proceedings. However, now the trial is concluded the investigation can now progress."

– Deputy Chief Constable Steve Ashman, Northumbria Police
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