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Coloccini: Players behind Pardew

Newcastle skipper Fabricio Coloccini insists manager Alan Pardew has the full support of his players as he prepares for his enforced exile.

Of course we are behind him [Pardew]. He's the manager and he is like our team-mate. The players and the club support him.

He knows what he did. It's finished. All of us can do something wrong.

After these seven games, he is going to have the chance to show to everyone it was a mistake, and no more than that.

– Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini

Bruce accepts Pardew 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.

As far as we're concerned we accept his apology - all of us in the heat of the moment could look back at times and think, 'what the hell have I done that for?'

I'm sure Alan will look at himself and think exactly the same thing. In the cold light of day he's been punished heavily and I don't think he'll be going to the races this week.

I hope it's over - it certainly is as far as we're concerned and I'm sure Alan will make sure it doesn't happen again.

– Hull manager Steve Bruce

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