Newcastle went to Hull on 1 March 2014 for just another Premier League game, but thanks to a moment of madness from Alan Pardew, it turned out to be anything but that.
With Newcastle leading 3-1 in the second half, the ball ran out for a Hull throw-in next to the away dugout. Pardew was gently shoved out of the way by David Meyler, to which the Toon manager reacted, confronting the Hull player and headbutting him in the face.
It was a shocking moment, and one that, in many ways, defined Pardew’s stint on Tyneside, with it being one of the first things many fans remember about his time in charge.
Pardew was sent to the stands, but subsequently received an unprecedented seven game ban – three of which, he was not even allowed into the stadium for. He also received a whopping £60,000 fine, as well as a club fine of an eye-watering £100,000.
It was certainly a low moment for Pardew, and his managerial reign largely went downhill at St James’ Park from there.
The headbutt was not his first indiscretion as Newcastle boss
He had already received a two-game touchline ban and £20,000 fine in 2012 for pushing an assistant referee during a Newcastle win over Tottenham, and was forced to apologise after being caught on camera verbally abusing Manuel Pellegrini in 2014.
In fact, when you look at the number of incidents he has been embroiled in, it is a surprise he was not sacked after the disgraceful headbutt incident, but Newcastle said they never contemplated doing so at the time.
Pardew was much-maligned during his Newcastle era, mostly from disgruntled fans who wanted him to resign, and with incidents like the Meyler headbutt, it is surprising he lasted as long as he did.
Newcastle went on to beat Hull 4-1, with two Moussa Sissoko goals, and one each for Loic Remy and Vurnon Anita. But the result was overshadowed by Pardew’s lunacy, which dominated all the headlines that followed.
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