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Alan Pardew handed seven-match ban

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Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has been handed a seven-match ban and fined £60,000 for his headbutt on Hull City midfielder David Meyler.

The manager had a personal hearing in front of a three-man independent regulatory commission who sanctioned him.

The Football Association had charged Pardew with "serious violent" and "non-standard" misconduct.

There were no previous examples of managers being banned for violent conduct, although Paul Ince was given a five match Stadium ban for a violent push on a match official in October last year.

Pardew himself has a history of violent conduct; he was given a two-match touchline ban and £20,000 fine in August 2012 for pushing an assistant referee.

His general behaviour has come under question on many occasions, most notably when he appeared to make abusive comments in the direction of Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini after a touchline spat between them when Cheick Tiote's "goal" was disallowed in Newcastle's 2-0 loss at home to the Citizens in January.

In this incident, Pardew appeared to headbutt Hull City midfielder David Meyler and was promptly sent to the stands from where he watched his side lose 4-1.

Meyler, who as booked for inciting Pardew, appeared to mock the incident a week later as he headbutted a corner flag in celebration of his goal in Hull's 3-0 win against Sunderland.

Pardew apologised, but Newcastle took immediate action as they fined him £100,000.

Pardew will miss matches against Everton, Fulham, Crystal Palace, Southampton, Manchester United, Stoke and Swansea respectively.


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