Newcastle's Pardew sorry over swearing at Man City boss Pellegrini

Alan Pardew wasn't too happy during the game. Photo: PA

Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has apologised for a foul-mouthed rant at Manchester City counterpart Manuel Pellegrini.

The 52-year-old aimed an expletive-laden volley at the Chilean during the first half of his side's controversial 2-0 Barclays Premier League defeat by the new leaders on Sunday afternoon.

A contrite Pardew said: "I hear that it's been picked up a little bit, and I apologise for my comments 100 per cent.

"It was a heat of the moment thing. We just had words that we always have as managers, to a degree. I have apologised to him and fortunately for myself, he has accepted that."

Pardew's comments included a particularly offensive four-letter word, and he later admitted Pellegrini's involvement in the spat did not merit that.

He said: "No, I don't think it merited that word, if I am honest. As I said, I have apologised for that particular word, but we sort of tease each other a little bit and have words."