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Alan Pardew given seven-match ban

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has admitted a charge of improper conduct This comes after he headbutted Hull's David Meyler on Saturday, 1st March.

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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).

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