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Football: Newcastle manager Pardew sorry after headbutt shame overshadows win

Published on Mar 2, 2014 5:53 AM
 
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has apologised for his shocking headbutt on Hull's David Meyler, claiming the ugly incident "was a heat of the moment thing" during his side's 4-1 win on Saturday. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

KINGSTON UPON HULL, United Kingdom (AFP) - Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has apologised for his shocking headbutt on Hull's David Meyler, claiming the ugly incident "was a heat of the moment thing" during his side's 4-1 win on Saturday.

Pardew appeared to take umbrage when Meyler pushed him to recover the ball as the hosts tried to get back into the game at 3-1 down during the second-half and the manager offered no protest when referee Kevin Friend sent him off.

The unsavoury incident overshadowed a fine win for Newcastle as a double by Moussa Sissoko, one from Loic Remy and a late strike by Vurnon Anita saw them to a comfortable win.

Pardew, who has a history of explosive touchline bust-ups including a furious row with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger during his time at West Ham, was quick to accept responsibility for his behaviour when he appeared before the media immediately after the match.

 
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