NEWCASTLE UNITED have fined manager Alan Pardew £100,000 and issued a formal warning following an altercation with David Meyler during the side’s 4-1 win at Hull City.
Pardew pushed his head towards Meyler’s chest after the former Sunderland midfielder had brushed past him to retrieve the ball on the sideline.
Referee Kevin Friend booked Meyler and sent Pardew to the stands after the incident in the 72nd minute at the KC Stadium.
Newcastle last night released the following statement: “Newcastle United are disappointed with the actions of its manager Alan Pardew this afternoon (Saturday, 1st March).
“His behaviour was unacceptable and is not the behaviour we expect from the manager of Newcastle United.
“It is most disappointing that this incident has taken the focus away from what was a fantastic performance by the team and an excellent result away from home which leaves the club in eighth place in the Barclays Premier League.
“Sadly, the headlines tomorrow will not be focused on the result or the efforts of the players, but instead on the actions of our manager.
“Alan unreservedly apologised immediately following the game to the player, to Hull City Football Club and its fans, and to the fans of Newcastle United.
“We have held discussions this evening with Alan who has offered his sincere apologies to the Club and it is clear he deeply regrets his actions. Alan has accepted a formal warning from the Club in relation to his behaviour today and also a Club fine of £100,000.
“The Club is now drawing a line under this matter and will be making no further comment.”