London, Mar 12 (ANI): Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew has reportedly been slammed with a record ban of seven games for head-butting Hull City player David Meyler in a Premier League match.
The ban, which is the first stadium ban and a record for a Premier League manager, was given after Pardew, who was also fined 60,000 pounds, clashed with the Republic of Ireland midfielder in the 72nd minute of his side’s 4-1 win on March 1.
According to the BBC, an independent Football Association commission stated that the first three matches imposed are a stadium ban with the remaining four a touchline ban.
Pardew, who was fined 100,000 pounds by his club hours after the incident and given a formal warning, said that he ‘deeply regrets’ the incident and again ‘wholeheartedly apologises’ to all parties for his conduct, which was not acceptable.
Stating that he accepts the punishment, Pardew further said that he would now turn his focus on preparing the team for the upcoming game against Fulham and finishing the season as strongly as possible.
The report mentioned that Pardew was given a two-game ban for pushing an assistant referee in 2012 and has been at the centre of a series of controversial incidents, including verbally abusing Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini. (ANI)