Newcastle manager Pardew sent off for clash with Meyler

The Magpies boss says he did not want to do anything aggressive during the flare-up, but admitted that he put his head into the Tigers midfielder and "massively regrets it"
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was sent off for headbutting Hull City midfielder David Meyler.

By Gary Maiden
This game has had it all! A moment of utter madness from Alan Pardew as he appeared to have headbutted David Meyler after the ball went out for a throw in. Meyler shoved Pardew out of the way to collect the ball and the pair got particularly close only for the Newcastle boss to force his head towards the player. It was a needless and crazy action from the former West Ham manager and he has rightly been sent to the stands.
Meyler shoved the Magpies boss as he tried to retrieve the ball for a throw-in.

But Pardew then leaned in with his head and referee Kevin Friend had no hesitation in sending him to the stands with just under 20 minutes remaining.

Meyler was booked for his part in the incident, as a number of Newcaslte and Hull players waded in to have their say.

"It was a heat of the moment thing and obviously I massively regret it," Pardew told Sky Sports after the match.

"I think I'm going to have to sit down from now on because that's two or three incidents I've got involved in on the line.

"I didn't mean to do anything aggressive but I moved my head forward and that's enough. It wouldn't have happened if I wasn't on the line.

"It's a shame because it took the gloss off a fantastic performance for us."