Newcastle boss fined; Liverpool notch win

Suarez shines as Rogers' men move to second spot

Newcastle boss fined; Liverpool notch win

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has been fined 100,000 pounds ($167,600) and given a formal warning by the club after being sent off for headbutting Hull City midfielder David Meyler during Saturday’s Premier League match.

Pardew was sent to the stands by referee Kevin Friend in the 72nd minute for his attack on Meyler who was booked for his part in the incident during Newcastle’s 4-1 win at the KC Stadium.

The Ireland international ran into the Magpies boss and manoeuvred him out of the way to take a quick throw in.

Pardew appeared to move his head towards the midfielder and was promptly sent off after Meyler received his booking. Pardew looked straight at the referee then marched away.

Newcastle said they were “disappointed” with Pardew’s actions, adding: “His behaviour was unacceptable and is not the behaviour we expect from the manager of Newcastle United.

“We have held discussions this evening with Alan who has offered his sincere apologies to the club and it is clear he deeply regrets his actions,” Newcastle said in a statement on their official website (www.nufc.co.uk).

“Alan has accepted a formal warning from the club in relation to his behaviour today and also a club fine of £100,000,” it added.

On the opening day of last season, Pardew shoved assistant referee Peter Kirkup and got a two-match ban and 20,000 pounds ($33,500) FA fine for improper conduct.
This time Pardew is likely to face a bigger fine and a longer touchline ban with FA chairman Greg Dyke issuing a warning to the feisty Newcastle boss.

Speaking in Zurich after a meeting of the International Football Association Board (IFAB), Dyke told reporters he had watched the incident, adding: “I've only just seen the clip and clearly it looks serious and we will investigate it.”

Newcastle were leading 3-1 when the fracas occurred after goals by Moussa Sissoko and Loic Remy had put them 2-0 ahead by halftime before Curtis Davies gave the home side some hope with a header at the start of the second period.

Sissoko restored Hull’s two-goal lead after 55 minutes and Vurnon Anita added the fourth in the dying minutes but the game was overshadowed when Meyler and Pardew clashed on the sideline.

Pardew told Sky Sports: “I will have to sit down from now on because that's two or three incidents I've been involved in.

“I didn't mean to do anything aggressive but I did move my head forward and that's enough. I wouldn't have got involved if I'd been on the other side of the line. Perhaps it will teach me to sit down.

“It's a shame because it took the gloss off a fantastic performance from us.”

Liverpool second

Liverpool jumped from fourth to second after winning 3-0 at Southampton, leapfrogging Arsenal and Manchester City.

After Luis Suarez opened the scoring, Raheem Sterling doubled the lead. Skipper Steven Gerrard applied the finishing touches from the penalty spot in injury time.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers hailed an 'outstanding all-round performance' from his side. “This is a really difficult place to come, Southampton are an excellent side, and it was an all-round outstanding team performance, both with and without the ball,' Rodgers told Sky Sports 1.

Saturday’s results left Chelsea top with 63 points from 28 games, followed by Liverpool on 59 ahead of Arsenal on goal difference. Fourth-placed Manchester City, who have two matches in hand on the clubs above them, have 57 points.

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