Aside from Roberto Soldado finally scoring a goal, the undoubted news of the weekend’s footballing action was Alan Pardew laying a nut on Hull’s David Meyler.
Ladbrokes suspended betting on the next manager to leave market ahead of expected ramifications for the Newcastle boss.
Seemingly escaping the sack, Pardew was handed a formal warning and a £100,000 fine instead. But his actions following the unprecedented act show he’s learned squat from the incident:
Taking a pot shot back at Graeme Souness
Souness called the headbutt a sackable offence, producing an eyebrow raising retort from the current Magpies chief:
“It’s a bit strong coming from him. He’s the man who took a flag and planted it in the middle of an Istanbul derby.”
Alan, the two don’t really compare.
His explanation of events
“I tried to push him away with my head,” Pardew said after the match in a gallant attempt to undersell the incident.
Perhaps the push on a linesman in 2012 that landed him a two-game ban wasn’t quite effective enough, so he thought he’d change tack?
He knows what constitutes a headbutt
According to Pardew, what he did to Meyler wasn’t a headbutt: “I wouldn’t call it a headbutt. It was not a fast enough motion to be called a headbutt.”
Men who know how fast to move their head in order to butt someone are men who must have practiced such things.
He hasn’t ever changed
This isn’t Pardew’s first brush with controversy. The below quote is the sole reason why this won’t be the last time either:
“When I had the push with the linesman I thought that then, perhaps, I should sit down”.
He didnt, and he won’t.
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