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Another sad picture for Pardew's wall of shame

Oxford Mail: Newcastle boss Alan Pardew clashes with Hull's David Meyler Newcastle boss Alan Pardew clashes with Hull's David Meyler

On Saturday, Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew headbutted Hull City’s midfielder David Meyler on the touchline at the KC Stadium.

Never before have I seen or heard of a manager butting an opposition player, and I’d like to think I have seen a few things in my time in football.

There have been plenty of other notorious incidents.

In 2011, AC Milan midfielder Gennaro Guttuso came to the touchline and headbutted Tottenham Hotspur assistant manager Joe Jordan in a Champions League game.

And I can also vividly remember Eric Cantona’s ‘kung fu’ kick when he jumped into the crowd at Selhurst Park in 1995.

He hurdled the advertising boards and aimed a flying kick at a heckling fan which the late, great martial arts legend Bruce Lee would have been proud of.

A two-week prison sentence was reduced to 120 hours community service for that attack by Cantona.

Pardew was fined £100,000 by Newcastle on Saturday night and still faces more punishment by the FA who view the incident as ‘serious’.

Touchline spats with Arsene Wenger, Manuel Pellegrini and Martin O’Neill, as well as pushing an assistant referee, are also on his wall of shame.

Saturday’s fracas is the most serious of them all and these touchline incidents will not have helped his standing in football, especially with a few pundits suggesting his job may now be in danger.

I am not one of those suggesting he should be sacked as I don’t wish unemployment on anyone, but he has definitely made it easier for his employers to wield the axe if they so wish. I must applaud Meyler for not replying with violence or making more of the situation by over-reacting.

It got me thinking how I would have reacted if I had been headbutted by an opposition manager when I was a player.

Would I have done the same? The angel on one shoulder says maybe, but the devil on the other shoulder says maybe not! I have to admit there were a few opposition managers I came across I really didn’t like and I would have loved to have given them a dig!

When I visualise my reaction to them headbutting me, I can envisage two scenarios.

The first replicates Saturday’s incident and I react just like Meyler, in a non-aggressive way.

In the second, however, I am no way near as passive as Meyler and instead I’m very aggressive and react in a violent way.

It was only in my head, and like most fantasies, maybe they are best just played out there and go no further.

I don’t advocate violence, especially not on the football pitch, where players are supposed to be role models and set an example.

I’m sure some of you Oxford United fans would love to read that if I had been playing against Swindon and their manager had done that, I would have cleaned him out with a punch that Mike Tyson would be proud of.

Had I done so, I think I would have started a 22-man brawl as well as a riot at the Kassam.

As much as I would have loved the legendary terrace status and urban myth hero stories for years to come, I know I wouldn’t do that.

Meanwhile, we wait to see the fate of Alan Pardew from the FA and hopefully we don’t get anymore crazy incidents from him or anyone else.

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8:34pm Wed 5 Mar 14

87oufc says...

What Pardew has done isn't right. It is imperative that someone in Alans position keep a calm head, despite how arrogant the other play was in barging past the Newcastle manager. But what has angered me more is the vastly over reactance of the media. A headbutt... a headbutt?!? When I heard this I knew Such a thing hadn't occurred and was confirmed when I watched the video.
The definition of a headbutt is thus:
"an aggressive and forceful thrust with the top of the head into the face or body of another person". I draw your attention to: "an aggressive and forceful thrust" - this wasn't the case. Thus it wasn't a headbutt, it was a simple connection of heads in low velocity.
This doesn't suggest Pardew was in the wrong but let's keep things in perspective.
What Pardew has done isn't right. It is imperative that someone in Alans position keep a calm head, despite how arrogant the other play was in barging past the Newcastle manager. But what has angered me more is the vastly over reactance of the media. A headbutt... a headbutt?!? When I heard this I knew Such a thing hadn't occurred and was confirmed when I watched the video. The definition of a headbutt is thus: "an aggressive and forceful thrust with the top of the head into the face or body of another person". I draw your attention to: "an aggressive and forceful thrust" - this wasn't the case. Thus it wasn't a headbutt, it was a simple connection of heads in low velocity. This doesn't suggest Pardew was in the wrong but let's keep things in perspective. 87oufc
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11:26pm Wed 5 Mar 14

the wizard says...

87oufc wrote:
What Pardew has done isn't right. It is imperative that someone in Alans position keep a calm head, despite how arrogant the other play was in barging past the Newcastle manager. But what has angered me more is the vastly over reactance of the media. A headbutt... a headbutt?!? When I heard this I knew Such a thing hadn't occurred and was confirmed when I watched the video.
The definition of a headbutt is thus:
"an aggressive and forceful thrust with the top of the head into the face or body of another person". I draw your attention to: "an aggressive and forceful thrust" - this wasn't the case. Thus it wasn't a headbutt, it was a simple connection of heads in low velocity.
This doesn't suggest Pardew was in the wrong but let's keep things in perspective.
You are correct, it was more like rubbing foreheads as opposed to a full bodied head butt. Pardew, still a fit enough guy for his age to have made his point in a full physical manner was really quite restrained in as much as if he really wanted to head butt the player then the player would have been on the floor with a concussion.

Headbutt-no, hand bags-just about. Loads of fuss over a spat. If another manager had done it 10 years ago, little would have been said, now its all about political correctness, health and safety, its a physical game, emotions running high and a lot at stake. As for Pardew, I don't even really like the bloke, but this is shear nonsense, and the player hasn't even got a mark on him. Far more intent by Charlie Adam for standing on another players leg/ankle on Saturday, now that did result in pain, and plenty of other players up and down the leagues nursing stud scars that the ref has done nothing about, those are far worse injuries.
Perhaps referees should consider all the stone wall penalties they don't give which result in teams losing points and as a result suffer relegation or missing out on promotion, either way the result could result in severe hardship for the clubs in question.
As for Pardew, yes he did what he did, yes it was stupid, but never on this earth was that a headbutt, even if he is a dipstick. Referees now very selective about what they see and what they don't, and even then it depends on who the person is, so it seems, in my opinion.
[quote][p][bold]87oufc[/bold] wrote: What Pardew has done isn't right. It is imperative that someone in Alans position keep a calm head, despite how arrogant the other play was in barging past the Newcastle manager. But what has angered me more is the vastly over reactance of the media. A headbutt... a headbutt?!? When I heard this I knew Such a thing hadn't occurred and was confirmed when I watched the video. The definition of a headbutt is thus: "an aggressive and forceful thrust with the top of the head into the face or body of another person". I draw your attention to: "an aggressive and forceful thrust" - this wasn't the case. Thus it wasn't a headbutt, it was a simple connection of heads in low velocity. This doesn't suggest Pardew was in the wrong but let's keep things in perspective.[/p][/quote]You are correct, it was more like rubbing foreheads as opposed to a full bodied head butt. Pardew, still a fit enough guy for his age to have made his point in a full physical manner was really quite restrained in as much as if he really wanted to head butt the player then the player would have been on the floor with a concussion. Headbutt-no, hand bags-just about. Loads of fuss over a spat. If another manager had done it 10 years ago, little would have been said, now its all about political correctness, health and safety, its a physical game, emotions running high and a lot at stake. As for Pardew, I don't even really like the bloke, but this is shear nonsense, and the player hasn't even got a mark on him. Far more intent by Charlie Adam for standing on another players leg/ankle on Saturday, now that did result in pain, and plenty of other players up and down the leagues nursing stud scars that the ref has done nothing about, those are far worse injuries. Perhaps referees should consider all the stone wall penalties they don't give which result in teams losing points and as a result suffer relegation or missing out on promotion, either way the result could result in severe hardship for the clubs in question. As for Pardew, yes he did what he did, yes it was stupid, but never on this earth was that a headbutt, even if he is a dipstick. Referees now very selective about what they see and what they don't, and even then it depends on who the person is, so it seems, in my opinion. the wizard
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8:24am Thu 6 Mar 14

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