Joe Kinnear has resigned

Kinnear quits Magpies

Joe Kinnear has resigned as Newcastle's director of football after a turbulent week on Tyneside.

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Potential Pardew punishments

Alan Pardew was charged on Monday two days after confronting Republic of Ireland international Meyler on the touchline.

The incident is being treated as a 'non standard' offence by the FA. A range of penalties are available but there is no pre-determined punishment.

However, a lengthy stadium ban, which would prevent Pardew from watching his side in action, is one of the options.

Meyler, a former Sunderland player, had collided with Pardew as he chased a ball out of play and the older man reacted angrily, thrusting his head towards his face.

Pardew apologised after the game. Within hours of the final whistle, he had been fined £100,000 and handed a formal warning. Another sizeable fine and a touchline ban are likely to be the minimum he can expect.

FA statement on Newcastle manager Pardew

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has asked for a personal hearing after accepting a Football Association misconduct charge.

The 52-year-old has decided not to contest the charge against him for head-butting Hull midfielder David Meyler during last Saturday's 4-1 Barclays Premier League match.

Pardew apologised for his behaviour after the game and has asked to attend the hearing which will decide his punishment.

"Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has admitted an FA misconduct charge in relation to his side's game against Hull City on March 1, 2014.

"Pardew was involved in an incident with a Hull City player in the 72nd minute of this fixture.

"Pardew has requested a personal hearing, the date of which will be set in due course."

– FA

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Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew admits FA charge of improper conduct

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has admitted a charge of improper conduct from the Football Association, and requested a personal hearing, his club have confirmed.

Pardew appeared to headbutt Hull City player David Meyler Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA

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

He was sent to the stands during the game. He was then fined £100,000 by his employer, Newcastle United.

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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Footballer Nile Ranger "delighted" to be found not guilty of rape

A solicitor acting for Nile Ranger has said the footballer is "delighted" to be found not guilty of rape.

"It took the jury approximately one hour, after hearing evidence extending over seven days, to find him not guilty.

"He's obviously delighted with the result and wants to get back to doing what he does, playing football, and he just wants to get on with his life."

– Geoffrey Forrester, Nile Ranger's solicitor

Nile Ranger himself left the court building without making any comment, but after the foreman delivered the not guilty verdict he banged on the sides of the dock and said "Thank God for that".

As he walked out he thanked the jury and pulling off his tie said: "What a joke."

Ex-Newcastle United footballer Nile Ranger says "yes" as he is found not guilty of rape

The footballer Nile Ranger said "yes" as he was cleared of raping a woman in a hotel room in the Jesmond area of Newcastle.

It had taken a jury less than an hour and a half to reach a not guilty verdict, after a week-long trial at Newcastle Crown Court. The footballer, who had always denied the charges, left the court almost immediately, without speaking to waiting media.

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