Watch: The headbutt that earned a football manager a seven-match banComments
An English football manager has been banned for seven games after headbutting an opposition player.
Alan Pardew, in charge of Premier League team Newcastle United, attacked Hull City midfielder David Meyler during a match on March 1.
He was today given a seven-game ban, three of which he must serve away from the stadium. The other four he is not allowed on the touchline, but can watch the action from the stands.
The punishment, which was handed out by the Football Association’s independent regulatory commission, also includes a £60,000 fine.
Pardew 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.”