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Pardew Gets Seven-Match Ban For Headbutt
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has been banned for seven games and fined £60,000 for headbutting a Hull City player.
The sanction was imposed by an independent regulatory commission after Pardew admitted a charge of misconduct.
It followed the incident with midfielder David Meyler during the Premier League match at the KC Stadium on March 1.
A statement from the FA said: "Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew will serve a seven-match suspension with immediate effect, subject to any appeal, after he admitted an FA misconduct charge.
"An independent regulatory commission ruled the first three matches imposed are a stadium ban with the remaining four a touchline ban."
Pardew, 52, has already been fined £100,000 and been handed a formal warning by his club.
In a statement released by Newcastle United, he said: "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."
Speaking to Sky Sports News after the match, Pardew said: "I think I'm going to sit down now because that's two or three incidents I've been involved in. I think I'm going to sit now.
"I didn't mean to do anything aggressive but I moved my head forward and that's enough."
Pardew appeared a personal hearing in front of a three-man commission. The panel is thought to have looked at other recent incidents over the last two seasons.
He was given a two-match touchline ban and a £20,000 fine in August 2012 for pushing an assistant referee.
And he was warned about his conduct in January after he was caught on camera swearing at Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini.
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