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FA consider appeal against Pardew ban
The FA are considering appealing against an independent disciplinary commission's decision to hand Newcastle manager Alan Pardew a seven-match ban for headbutting Hull's David Meyler.
Pardew was also fined £60,000 by the FA alongside the Premier League record ban, but the FA believe the punishment is a lenient one.
A stadium ban has been imposed for the first three matches of Pardew's punishment, while the remaining four will be served as a touchline ban. The FA confirmed on its official website that the ban is active with immediate effect, subject to any appeal, and that Pardew had also been warned about his future conduct.
In a brief statement, 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."
According to reports, Pardew will give the team talks at the club's hotel, with assistant John Carver set to take control in the absence of the manager.
Pardew headbutted Meyler on the touchline during Newcastle's 4-1 victory over Hull on March 1 after the midfielder went to collect the ball from the manager's dugout.
Pardew accepted an FA charge for misconduct and apologised for the incident. Newcastle also fined him £100,000 and issued a formal warning.
The 52-year-old was handed a two-game touchline ban in August 2012 for pushing linesman Peter Kirkup during Newcastle's win over Tottenham.
He was also warned over his future conduct in January after being caught on television cameras swearing at Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini following a row between the pair.