It was announced shortly after the interaction between Alan Pardew and David Meyler last Saturday afternoon, that Humberside police would not investigate the matter any further, and would not bring any criminal charges against the Newcastle manager.
David Meyler pointing at Pardew last Saturday
And today the officer who made that decision has explained why he did it – and it turns out that when the police contacted Hull City officials and victim Davide Meyler, the Hull midfielder said he was not injured, and didn’t want the police to investigate the matter any further, and was happy enough with Pardew’s apology.
This is what the investigating officer Superintendent Kirven has said today, as reported by the Chronicle:
“I have responsibility for the policing of sporting events at the KC stadium although I was not the match commander for the fixture between Hull City and Newcastle United.”
“I was made aware of the incident involving the manager of Newcastle United and a player from Hull City and decided to review the incident in order to determine the most appropriate course of action for Humberside Police.”
“In relation to the incident involving Mr Alan Pardew and Mr David Meyler, I have spoken to the match commander for the fixture.” “He has informed me that the incident was brought to his attention at the time, and that he took no further action as the matter was resolved by the referee.”
“Humberside Police has contacted the potential victim in this case and Mr Meyler has expressed his wish for the police not to proceed with an investigation and has indicated that he is content with the apology he received from Mr Pardew and the action the Football Association will be taking in investigating this incident.”
“Mr Meyler did not report any injuries as a result of the incident. The views of Hull City were sought. They have indicated that they believe the FA is the appropriate authority to deal with this matter.”
“The FA was consulted. They have charged Mr Pardew under their code of conduct and will be dealing with him in due course.” “Newcastle United has also taken action in respect of Mr Pardew.”
“Mr Pardew has made an unreserved apology to the player, Mr Meyler, to Hull City and to the public for his behavior.” “Based on these facts I made the decision that the incident would best be dealt with as an ‘on-field issue’ and left to the FA to manage.”
When you look at what happened last Saturday – it was hardly vicious and hardly criminal – although it was lunacy from the Newcastle manager – we have to admit that.
But it seems that not to pursue any criminal investigation of the altercation was simply the right and sensible thing to do, given the actions already taken by Newcastle United and the English FA.
Alan Pardew and Newcastle United are going to suffer enough for all of this – we know that.
What do you think?