Alan Pardew will ‘only’ miss three Newcastle United matches after FA’s seven-game ban

OLD TROUBLE:  Newcastle United's Alan Pardew argues with linesman Peter Kirkup which leads to him being sent off
OLD TROUBLE: Newcastle United's Alan Pardew argues with linesman Peter Kirkup which leads to him being sent off

ALAN Pardew will have to deliver his next three team talks from Newcastle United’s hotel – but the club feared he would be hit with a heavier sanction.

Pardew has been handed a seven-game suspension by the Football Association for headbutting Hull City’s David Meyler.

The decision was made by an independent regulatory commission, which was addressed by Pardew at Wembley yesterday.

For three of those Premier League matches, Pardew – who clashed with Meyler during the club’s 4-1 win over Hull at the KC Stadium earlier this month – will not be allowed to enter the stadium on a matchday.

United are waiting to learn from the FA the full terms of the stadium ban.

But Pardew’s last act for the next three matchdays will be to speak to his players at the team hotel before they leave for the stadium, with John Carver, his assistant, to run the dugout.

Pardew, also fined £60,000 by the FA, will serve the first game of the suspension on Saturday, when eighth-placed Newcastle visit basement club Fulham.

And the 52-year-old will also be banned from entering St James’s Park for the following home games against Crystal Palace and Everton.

After serving the remaining four games of his suspension, Pardew – who will not appeal the decision – will return to the dugout for the season-ending fixtures against Arsenal, Cardiff City and Liverpool.

United issued a statement from Pardew – also fined £100,000 and given a “formal warning” by United – after the FA’s verdict was published yesterday.

“As I have made clear, I deeply regret the incident and again wholeheartedly apologise to all parties for my conduct, which I understand was not acceptable,” said Pardew, whose post-match apology was accepted by Meyler.

“I will accept the punishment handed down by the FA. My focus now turns to preparing the team for this weekend’s game against Fulham and finishing the season as strongly as possible.”

Pardew will speak publicly later this week when he gives his pre-match press conference for the Fulham game.

There were suggestions Pardew – handed a two-match touchline ban last season for pushing a linesman – could be banned for as many as 10 games given that he had previously been warned about his conduct by the FA.