FOOTBALL Association chairman Greg Dyke has confirmed the organisation will investigate Newcastle manager Alan Pardew’s headbutt on Hull midfielder David Meyler.
Pardew conceded he would be “stupid” not to expect the FA to come down hard on him in the coming days following the incident in his team’s 4-1 Barclays Premier League win at the KC Stadium.
And Dyke told BBC Radio Five Live: “It looks serious and clearly we’ll investigate - but there’s nothing I can say about that.”
Pardew was sent off in the 72nd minute of a contest his team went on to win 4-1, referee Kevin Friend adjudging the Magpies boss to be the main aggressor in an ugly tussle sparked when Meyler barged into the 52-year-old while attempting to retrieve the ball for a throw-in.
Pardew, no stranger to touchline altercations in the last year with his confrontation with Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini the highest profile, appeared to move his head towards the former Sunderland midfielder, who was later commended by Hull boss Steve Bruce for not making more of the contact.
Yet while the Republic of Ireland international midfielder’s actions perhaps warded off an even more explosive melee, Pardew admitted he had crossed a line.
He said: “He was right on top of me and I wanted to just ease him away from me but obviously I put my head in a forward motion. I want to apologise to him, everyone at Hull and obviously my own fans as well.
“I don’t think it was a headbutt. It wasn’t a motion that was quick.”