Newcastle boss Pardew offers apology for headbutt in 4-1 win over Hull
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has issued an official apology for his actions during his side’s 4-1 win over Hull City. Pardew was sent to the stands during the game after the St. James’ Park boss headbutted Hull City midfielder David Meyler.
The gaffer and the player were one step short of throwing their fists at each other when the Toons were 3-1 up against the Tigers with 20 minutes left on the clock. Meyler collided with Pardew while retrieving the ball from the sidelines, an act that caused quandary in the dugout.
After the collision Pardew pushed his head into the face of Meyler, which resulted in a tussle between the two men. Match referee Kevin friend immediately intervened; sent Pardew to the stands and booked Meyler.
The chairman of the Football Association Greg Dyke claims the incident will be reviewed thoroughly. Dyke also said that Pardew will be “stupid” if he expects that the FA will let go of this incident quietly.
“It looks serious and clearly we'll investigate - but there's nothing I can say about that,” Dyke said.
In an interview to BBC Pardew insisted that he meant Meyler no harm and that he let anger get the best of him. Pardew also admitted that he let his team down with the incident, which was going to become a dark reminder despite Newcastle United’s impressive win.
“I did not mean any damage to the guy but I have moved my head forward,” Pardew said. "I tried to push him away with my head but I should not have done that. I apologize to everyone. I should not have got involved in it. I will sit down from now on and send [assistant manager] John Carver out there.
“The players were terrific; it was only myself who had a poor performance all-round. I am very, very pleased with the team but very upset with myself.”
In his post-match interview Pardew explained that Meyler had come on top of him and that he only wanted to “ease him away” so he put moved his head forwards. Pardew said that he wanted to apologize to the player and all of Hull City including the fans.
Pardew also apologized to Newcastle United fans and confessed he had let his team down. Pardew stopped short of calling his reaction a “headbutt”, but admitted that his action was wrong.