Newcastle - Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has admitted a Football
Association charge of misconduct after head-butting Hull midfielder
David Meyler, English football's governing body announced Thursday.
52-year-old Englishman, who had until 20:00 on Thursday to respond to
the charge, has requested a personal hearing, the date of which has yet
to be set.
"Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has admitted an
FA misconduct charge in relation to his side's game against Hull City
on March 1, 2014," the FA statement said.
"Pardew was involved in
an incident with a Hull City player in the 72nd minute of this fixture.
"Pardew has requested a personal hearing, the date of which will be set
in due course."
When the FA intially charged Pardew on Monday,
officials said his case had been designated "non-standard" due to the
"serious violent and/or aggressive nature of the reported behaviour".
left the Magpies boss facing the prospect of a lengthy touchline or
even stadium ban for an extraordinary attack by a manager that was
widely condemned throughout English football.
What made Pardew's
actions all the more remarkable was that at the time of his clash with
Meyler, Newcastle were leading 3-1 in a Premier League fixture they
eventually won 4-1.
Police are taking no criminal action over the
incident but Newcastle have already fined their manager £100 000, although club owner Mike Ashley has so far resited calls to
"His behaviour was unacceptable and is not the
behaviour we expect from the manager of Newcastle United," the
north-east club said in a statement after the match.
his part, apologised afterwards by saying: "It was a heat of the moment
thing. I massively regret it.
"He was right on top of me and I wanted to
just ease him away from me but obviously I put my head in a forward
motion. You can't do that.
"I want to apologise to him, everyone at Hull and obviously my own fans as well.
when you're on the sideline you can get involved in a moment like that.
I don't think it was a headbutt. It wasn't a motion that was quick."
It is not the first time Pardew had been involved in an unsavoury incident on the touchline.
2006, when in charge of West Ham, his exuberant celebration of a goal
led to a row with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger while in September 2012
he was fined £20 000 for shoving a linesman and banned for two matches
after disputing the award of a throw-in.
And it was only in
January that Pardew escaped FA action for swearing at Manchester City
manager Manuel Pellegrini during City's 2-0 win at Newcastle's St James'