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FA charges Newcastle manager Pardew for headbutting player

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Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, right, was charged by the FA for headbutting Hull City's David Meyler, left, over the weekend.

LONDON (AP) - Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is facing a lengthy stadium ban after being charged Monday by the English Football Association with improper conduct for head-butting an opposing player during a Premier League match.

Pardew already has been sanctioned by Newcastle, accepting a formal warning and a fine of 100,000 pounds ($168,000) following his confrontation with Hull midfielder David Meyler during Newcastle's 4-1 win Saturday. Any FA punishment could prevent Pardew from attending several matches, rather than just being banned from the sidelines.

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''Due to the serious violent and/or aggressive nature of the reported behavior this case has been designated as non-standard,'' the FA said in a statement.

Pardew, who has apologized, has until Thursday to respond to the charge. Earlier this season, then-Blackpool manager Paul Ince received a five-match stadium ban from the FA for violently shoving a fourth official in durine a rant filled with profanity.

Meyler initially barged into Pardew as he looked to retrieve the ball for a throw-in in the 72nd minute. Pardew squared up to Meyler and moved his head in the direction of the player's face, then was sent to the stands.

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