Meyler Got Alan Pardew Off The Hook With Police Last Week

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.

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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?

Comments welcome.

34 comments so far

  • niafron

    Mar 8, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #1

    This story is just a total disgrace, we should never speak of it again.

  • Sliema

    Mar 8, 2014 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #2

    How dare he? How the f**k is this okay? They both were aggressors, it was actually started with a stupid push which was arguably an actual assault. Pardew reacts, not with an assault, merely with the threat/imitation of an assault. And that leads to the POLICE asking David Meyler if he wants to press charges?!

    Jesus. Ask Pardew if he wants to press charges. He did literally nothing, and made no contact, and he was assaulted by the Mackem scum.

  • beermonkey

    Mar 8, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #3

    this will bring blackley out and his high horse

  • Sliema

    Mar 8, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #4

    How dare he? How the f*** is this okay? They both were aggressors, it was actually started with a stupid push which was arguably an actual assault. Pardew reacts, not with an assault, merely with the threat/imitation of an assault. And that leads to the POLICE asking David Meyler if he wants to press charges?!

    Jesus. Ask Pardew if he wants to press charges. He did literally nothing, and made no contact, and he was assaulted by the Mackem scum.


    Mar 8, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #5

    Hahahahahahahahaha what a non story

  • jimmysmith

    Mar 8, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #6

    Yes, David Meyler, impeccable sportsmen and all round gracious good guy. Boy, that toe rag Alan Pardew could certainly do far worse than take a healthy leaf out of such a fine young gentle man’s book.

  • Greebol1892

    Mar 8, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #8


    You must be devastated! You could try giving the cops another call or write a letter to try and persuade them to bang Pardew to rights…..
    Or go and visit them in person with a few bob in the backhand….
    Or start a petition and raise it to a new level…..

    Or you could just let it lie?


    Mar 8, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #9


    There is way,way, too much been made from an incident which should never really of happened? Both parties were at fault, but it is the nature of the trainer and the Club which seems that every minor incident is Totally Blown Out of all Proportion?

    A point in fact to your total OTT reactie to this post and the way you start name-calling and throwing insults !
    We need to just accept whatever punishment comes Pardew,s way and continue with the rest of whats left of the season!

  • Mag52

    Mar 8, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #10

    @8. You’re right of course. Way over the top, and likely to continue too for some time until the FA come out with their punishment for AP.
    In a way,I suppose, the reaction was inevitable bearing in mind a minority of voluble bloggers are gagging for any opportunity to slag off our manager, and this one was too good to miss.
    Also, with the team sitting pretty in the premiership, thanks to AP’s stewardship, there’s not a huge amount to discuss between now and the end of the season unless Ed comes up with a long list of players who, for one reason (cost) or another (also cost) we are not likely to sign.

  • Harley

    Mar 8, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #11

    I really wish they’d stop making this meyler out to be a hero. He was the idiot that started it in the first place AND IT WASN’T A HEADBUTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sliema

    Mar 8, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #12

    OTT reaction?
    Throwing insults?
    Name calling?

    Sorry but what are you talking about?

  • wolfshead@toon

    Mar 8, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #14

    like meyler would unless he wanted to look like a big girls blouse


    Mar 8, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #15

    Sorry Sliema but i am referring to your response to the thread in the direction of the Hull player in all this !

    Meylor tried to get the ball quickly, to take a throw-in, and you were correct in pointing out that both Parties were at Fault ! Pardew should of just walked away like Bruce did?
    Plus he was correct, the Hull player could of gone down and rolled around on the floor like a Mackem would of done in the same situation?

    The fact is that this a bloody dumb thread which aint really subtanciated and like i said ! Next match at home to Fulham should be the only subject we should be concentrating on after the Circus at Hull which was a spat in what was a good Win ! If i remember rightly it is one of the few occasions we were on MOTD first because of it?

    Absolutely no comments on the Game itself and straight to the highlights of the second game, noticed that straight away !

    It completely sucks that we don,t have a game this weekend with which to keep the momentum going?

    Can we just bury this now and move on?


    Mar 8, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #16

    Just noticed The Evening Chronicle are actually calling Meylor a “Victim”! in all this? Whats that all about then?

  • Oldgit1

    Mar 8, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #17

    What the fcuk ! It was meyler that started the whole thing and physically attacked Our manager. The law is an arse. He also called him an old c@@t , do mind the c@@t but old is abit harsh, bordering on ageism and should be done for that.

  • yo-yo

    Mar 8, 2014 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #18

    Whichever way you look at it Meyler was the instigator by his original push on Pardew. He was lucky with the yellow – but only because Pardew had a mad rush of blood to the heid – no wonder he doens’t want it pursued.
    It’ll all come out in the wash with the impending judgement on Pardew from the unimpeachablyupstanding forces of FA’s law and order panel, more honest and unsullied than the Metropolitan Police even.

  • Oleg G

    Mar 8, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #19


    1. This is still going on?
    2. What police?????
    Did anyone hit someone? Did anyone got stabbed? Why is this even a thing?
    What he could’ve told the police?
    A 52 year old man came towards me and moved his head in my direction?

    The politically correct and the “sue everything that moves” culture makes people go crazy.

    Victim ? The behavior of the Hull player was considered as a victim’s behavior???

    What a bunch of morons. No real police work to be done anymore? The streets are safe for the kids? All the illegal drugs and all the gangsters and all the mafia members and all the serial killers etc have been dealt with?

  • Oldgit1

    Mar 8, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #20

    Do =don’t


    Mar 8, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #21

    Like i said :

    Three more points against the Cottagers next week please and let Carver stand on the line and move his heed around!


    Mar 8, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #22

    Excorcist style?

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 8, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #23

    For Gods sake are we still on about this. Let me try to tidy this matter up once and fore all.
    Firstly I believe the cops have made the correct decision -a proportionate response to the incident.
    Eds’ lead headline of “Meyler Got Alan Pardew Off The Hook With Police Last Week.” does not truly reflect the law as it relates to section 5 of the Public Order Act in that the “victim” input into the evidence is not strictly necessary. Normally the victim would be affected by the harassment, alarm or distress and would make a statement to the cops describing this. This would be good evidence but it is not strictly necessary as the alarm , harassment or distress could be “experienced” from someone standing nearby/within earshot. So it could exist that the cops could go ahead with the case even though the “victim” did not want to get involved. Clearly Meylers response was helpful (in assisting the cops as to what to do) but not strictly necessary. So to suggest that Meyler was the good guy and it was he who was the reason for the cops not investigating is not strictly true.

  • toonking

    Mar 8, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #24

    so i decide to come on the blog and lo and behold the incidient between pardew meyler is yet again the main talking point.

    did any of you actually notice arsenal have beaten everton 4-1 now all we need is for city to beat wigan tomorrow and they both avoid one another in the draw for the semi final and then our european hopes are alive again.

  • jazzyp

    Mar 8, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #25

    If Percy and Jose are such great mates, And we are going to lose Cisse-Strolla-Remy and Dejong .I wonder if he will let us sign Lukaku and Demba come end of season. I reckon £20 mill should secure the deal and would add serious force to our attacking options

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 8, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #26

    For me that is Fulhams place in the fizzy pop well and truly booked!

  • toonking

    Mar 8, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #27

    the only way that might work is if jose offers to pay part of their wages too. the reason ba left was mostly because of a better wage structure with chelsea, the key reason most are thinking remy won’t stay is because of the wages QPR give him.

  • jazzyp

    Mar 8, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #28

    I doubt very much mate that Lukaku is on big bucks, But agree the stumbling block on Ba is the wage demand, Which is exactly what Remy is going to be after if there is any chance of signing the player

  • Greebol1892

    Mar 8, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #29

    Fulham & West Brom on the crest of a slump. Watched the Norwich v Stoke game…. oh dear – two very poor sides with that odious shit Walters getting a deserved red for a knee-high studs-up lunge.
    Rest assured, there are some garbage football teams in the bottom half to keep is afloat in mid-table at least 😉 ….

  • toonking

    Mar 8, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #30

    the good thing is we no alone anymore
    they can join us in a list of manager merry go round teams relegated

  • Adopted_Geordie

    Mar 8, 2014 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #31

    For me a realistic summer window will be
    Lescott(free)-2 yrs@65kpw(option for 3rd year)
    Hunt(free)-3 yrs@40kpw
    Manni Fernandes(free)-3yrs@40kpw
    Mame diouf(free)-3years@30kpw
    Sertic-4.5m euro-4years@35kpw
    Abel Hernandes-6m euro-5years@30kpw

    agent fees/signing on fees-9.5m euros

    net spend-20m euros

    Coloccini-2.5m gbp
    Saylor-3m gbp
    Gutierrez-1.5m gbp
    Hba-10m gbp
    obertan-2m gbp
    marveaux-1.5m gbp
    cisse-7.5m gbp
    gosling- released

    Also using santon on the left wing and blooding in abeid and curtis good into the first team.

    net earnings-28m gbp

  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 8, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #32

    Good evening ladies

    We still not on about pardews so called head-but, I can’t wait when this is over.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Mar 8, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #33

    I see the failed barrister Blackley is getting another slating.

    I urged Chief Inspector Kirven to make a further statement because it’s important that fans understand why they get arrested for disorderly behaviour and the football fraternity don’t, unless extreme violence is involved.

    I’m pleased CI Kirven has done this because we all now know the position. The FA will treat disorderly behaviour at football grounds robustly: they will expect the police to prosecute fans where they break the criminal law by misbehaving at football grounds; however, they will discipline their sportsmen according to their rule book, which of course has no criminal sanction.

    A lot of fans on here seem to be ignorant of the law, and it is no surprise that, not for the first time, Mr Tuff and I have had to spell it out. Then again, a good many fans don’t go to football grounds these days. Indeed, using this virtual reality fanship of the Internet, they actually prefer to urge others not to go to matches. They don’t appreciate the climate of scrutiny and the standards of behaviour that is expected by the authorities. They don’t understand that fans are being watched all of the time for any signs of trouble.

    To make football stadia a safe place for families free of the violence of the past, the football authorities have worked extremely hard to crack down on disorderly behaviour, and pushed the legislators and law enforcers for ever increasing criminal sanctions. No one needs to be reminded why. The CPS Prosecution Policy on Football Related Offences issued on 23 August 2013 states: “ACPO and the CPS will continue to operate a robust prosecution policy for football related offences during 2013/14 and beyond.”

    Certainly, it was no surprise that a man was arrested for walking on the pitch at St James Park in order to hand Pardew his season ticket. No violence was involved. He was fined and banned from football grounds for three years. More importantly he landed himself with a criminal record.

    It can be devastating for someone of previous good character to get a criminal record. And so there is a big difference between going before a court of law and going before a governing body’s disciplinary panel.

    Tuff has clarified the law, but as an indication of where section 5 is pitched, I refer you to the Crown Prosecution Service guidelines, which state: “Police officers are aware of the difficult balance to be struck in dealing with those whose behaviour may be perceived by some as exuberant high spirits but by others as disorderly.” You can, for example, be arrested and charged with a public order offence if you’re continually shouting and swearing in a stadium and people around you are annoyed or upset by it, even if it’s not directed at them and no violence is used.

    The FA rules don’t supersede the laws of the land. These are the words of Chief Prosecutor in the Lee Bowyer case: “The criminal law doesn’t cease to operate once you cross the touchline of a sports field. Neither does being disciplined by an employer or a sport governing body make an athlete immune to the law.” However, it seems all some fans care about is how it affects our run-in to the end of the season.

    The Chronicle’s headline nailed it: “He’s a nutter but for now he’s our nutter.” This is not about justice for some fans, it’s about protecting NUFC. If you don’t think so, answer me this. Suppose NUFC is losing 3 – 0 against Sunderland with two minutes to go and Di Canio lets the ball run under him to waste a bit of time. Colo pushes him out the way to get the ball, and DiCanio sticks the nut on him. Would the reaction from NUFC fans be completely different?

    Suppose the same thing in a game against another Premier league team, but Colo pushes a linesman and the linesman follows him and nuts him. The same fans supporting Pardew would be calling for the lino never to officiate again. Tell me that’s not true.

    Answer me this. The club believe Pardew’s violence (call it disorderly behaviour if it suits you) is so serious that they have imposed a massive fine and given him a formal warning. The FA is likely to give him a lengthy ban. The most I’ve advocated is a trip to the magistrates like every other mortal, where he will only get a small fine. Why do you think a ban and a massive fine is probably about right, but a small fine and a slap on the wrists from the magistrates is ridiculous?

    The FA has only recently given Pardew a fine of £20,000 for pushing a match official. I wasn’t asking for criminal sanctions then because it was only a push. Nevertheless, it was completely out of order as it is disgraceful behaviour to push a match official. (See how the local leagues treat it.)

    The FA haven’t been able to control Pardew’s escalating misbehaviour and a trip to the beaks might be just the sort of wake up call he needs.

  • Phil K

    Mar 8, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #34

    I just wonder would the stinking media have made such a song and dance over it if it had been a Man U/Liverpool/London manager – or any of the faceless midlands teams, or any southern ?
    I doubt it.
    And whats funniest of all – these same media hacks keep sneering that we’re unimportant, and “deluded” yet they follow our every incident closely – as do rivals fans while saying the same. (Actually repeating verbatim – showing how brainwashed by press they are – example – Villa’s “deluded” and “whose your messiah” ranting 2009 – fresh from the media that week.
    As for the FA.
    I recall book being thrown at Williamson a week or so after Rooney elbowed a player in face, and not a thing done. BOTH had been “missed” by ref


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