Was That Really A Head Butt From Alan Pardew?


The Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has until Thursday at 6;00 pm to respond to the FA charges of improper conduct, and the least the manager and Newcastle should do is to put Alan’s side of the story to the FA, while accepting the charge.

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Alan Pardew confronting David Meyler

It’s being reported that Alan Pardew head-butted Steven Meyler, when he lent his head into the Hull City player’s face, and while technicality it probably was a head butt,  it was a very soft one – and not one to put Meyler on the floor.

And thank goodness David didn’t writhe on the floor in agony, as some of today’s players would have done.

The other thing the Newcastle manager could point out,  is that when he let the ball go under his right foot,  Meyler immediately pushed him – and that’s what started the incident.

And it’s like a fight in the school playground – he started it sir!

That should help shouldn’t it?

Well maybe not.

And Alan immediately knew he had done something terribly wrong, and apologized to everybody concerned immediately after the game, and that could help his case – maybe.

But the FA have to also be very careful about overreacting to Pardew’s misdemeanor, as the press are calling for all kinds of ridiculous punishments for Pardew.

They should consider some other recent offenses that managers have committed, and Luis Suarez trying to have Branislav Ivanovic’s ear for dinner last year, and Luis had already committed a similar offense while at Ajax.

Luis got a ten game ban after already receiving a 7 game ban in November, 2010 in Holland for biting Eindhoven PSV midfielder Otman Bakkal.

A reasonable punishment for Pardew would be say a six game touch-line ban and a (very) large fine.

And it may help Pardew that Newcastle took swift and decisive action on Saturday night, by immediately fining their manager £100,000 and giving him a formal; warning.

Those were the decisive actions of a very responsible club – and it was good to see.

We’re not saying that what Pardew did can be defended, and he should certainly accept the charge.

But it would help to put his side of the story, and maybe two things in his favor are that Meyler started it, by pushing the Newcastle manager and the head butt was very soft – everything else is against what Pardew did..

It would also help if Newcastle sent in a letter simply pointing out the circumstances of the incident.

What we don’t want to see is a complete over reaction by the FA fueled by the sport journalists, and this is the FA after all – who are never very logical in anything they do.

Comments welcome.

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12 comments so far

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Mar 4, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #1

    Yes! in current climate yes.

    Just like Remy Headbutted Johnson

    and Reina headbutted Perch

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  • Ben3arfa

    Mar 4, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #2

    just plead guilty and lets get on with it.

    i see cabella as a replacement for ben arfa and not Cabaye if im honest. he would get broken in half if he played in centre midfield in the premiere league.

    grenier would be a more accomplished replacement for cabaye , though I dont think fat Mike would sign him if we go for cabella.

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  • catchy in norway

    Mar 4, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #3

    Ed

    why don’t you sugar coat it a bit more ?

    you never once mentioned the other things that will go against him , your treating it like a one off

    just like a ref looks at Tiote before showing a yellow card, he will point to areas on the pitch where he had fouled before

    the FA will say we warned you about your conduct with Martin O’Neill , we warned you when you pushed the ref, we warned you about your outburst to pellegrini , now this one is the most serious of the lot , he leant in with his head , and his head did touch the other guy , like it or not it was a head butt , and it was also in hulls stadium ,

    Ince got a stadium ban for swearing at an official , I expect the same for pardew

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  • GenralHez

    Mar 4, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #4

    Pardew should not be sacked for this minor handbags at dawn incident but Ashley should use the incident to cancel this contract and appoint a manager who knows something about modern football.

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  • beermonkey

    Mar 4, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #5

    @2

    I don’t think pards will dare plead not guilty
    bit hard to plead not guilty when you have said sorry

    and unless there punishment is hugely over the top he wont appeal either

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  • asenski

    Mar 4, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #6

    stadium ban and that’s the clearest way to see how that manager continues to damage our club
    also ban to the rest of the campaign and we defionitely gonna lose any chance for europa
    don’t understand how pardew has not been sacked already

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  • tequilamag

    Mar 4, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #7

    Catchy Ince was banned for pushing a fourth official and I think threats were made as well.

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  • stuart no9

    Mar 4, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #8

    If it’s not a head butt what is it ? It could be a head shove , if there was any such thing !

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  • tequilamag

    Mar 4, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #9

    Stuart it was an aggressive gesture no doubt but there was no force behind it. I suppose you could call it a headbutt but there was no intent to use any force or injure the player.
    We see posturing like that all the time on the field. Usually ends up in a red card but no cause for the moral angst.

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  • geordiemark

    Mar 4, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #10

    it was more like intent to headbutt, still think hes very lucky not to be sacked over this but theres 2 to this story not just alan pardew

    how it kicked off hull city player shoved pardew to get the ball and yes pardew was in his area at the time so I wouldn’t have head butt him but I would have went nuts with him over the pushing about that’s for sure and I want to know why the FA haven’t said anything about that plus bruces words on the effect he would hate to have seen the player retaliate to the headbutt

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  • giimps

    Mar 4, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #11

    I am a little annoyed by the actions of Pardew bringing the name of NUFC into the news for the wrong reasons……..but give me a break, …a headbutt it was not…..definition of a headbutt according to Cambridge dictionaries online is “to hit someone violently on the head or in the face using the front of your head” ,there was no violence involved,….no violent contact and no intent to harm, it was merely posturing.
    I agree he should not have done it, and agree he should be punished for this, but why didn’t meyler walk around Pardew , its not like Pardew was invisible or deliberately stepped in front of him to stop him getting the ball?
    Meyler saw the opportunity to “start something”, his team were getting trounced and he took it out on Pardew, has he apologised for pushing Pardew first…..?
    My other issue is with the club fining Pardew £100k, a huge fine in the context of the fines bandied about ,for what is little more than posturing, no blows were struck, no bones broken and no-one lost an eye…..but heres the kicker……THAT MONEY NOW GOES BACK TO ASHLEY”….this wasn’t an attempt to show the club in a good light by acting first, this was no more than an attempt to reduce the money leaving the club via Pardew, in all likelihood, the FA will give a 5match ban and a 20k 0r 30k fine (which would have been much bigger if the club hadn’t “ACTED FIRST”).
    This whole thing stinks, from the moment Meyler entered the technical area to push Pardew out of the way,everything else has been used to disrupt the club by the press and media, I really hope this galvanises the club, and we get the “us against them” mentality, theres nothing I like more than to see NUFC in the papers and media for the right reasons……..like beating Hull City convincingly in their own back yard (when they were 4th in the form table) and we were expected to lose……
    Rant over.

    HWTL

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  • Whumpie

    Mar 4, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #12

    Only in football circles is that a beadbutt. Agressive, stupid, yes… but no more. Trouble is that the arseholes working in the game are so used to seeing players cheating by feigning injury that they think a nudge like that really is a headbutt. Stupid, deluded idiots from top to bottom.

    The only thing in that altercation with any force was the player shoving a man in his fifties. Again – unacceptable and deserving of a ban – but hardly “assault with intent” is it?

    Pards will get a stadium ban for the rest of the season, but not for this. It’ll be because he keeps doing rings like this. Sort your head out, Alan.

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