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Seven-match ban for Pardew
Updated 5:32pm Tuesday 11th March 2014 in Saints News
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has been handed a seven-match suspension for his headbutt on Hull's David Meyler - but will be at St Mary’s later this month.
The former Saints boss is the first Premier League manager to receive a stadium ban, which has been imposed for three matches, starting with Newcastle's game at Fulham this weekend and including home games against Crystal Palace and Everton.
But he will be returning to St Mary's on March 29, the fourth match of his suspension and the first of the four games for which he has received a touchline ban.
He will also be in the stands for Newcastle’s games against Manchester United, Stoke and Swansea City.
A statement on the FA website read: "Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew will serve a seven-match suspension with immediate effect, subject to any appeal, after he admitted an FA misconduct charge.
"An Independent Regulatory Commission today [Tuesday 11 March 2014] ruled the first three-matches imposed are a stadium ban with the remaining four a touchline ban.
"Pardew was also fined £60,000 and warned as to his future conduct.
He was involved in an incident with a Hull City player in the 72nd minute of the fixture on 1 March 2014."
Pardew’s ban will be over for Newcastle’s last three games of the season, starting against Arsenal on April 28.
In a statement on the club's official website Pardew said: "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.
"I will accept the punishment handed down by the FA today. My focus now turns to preparing the team for this weekend's game against Fulham and finishing the season as strongly as possible."
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