Pardew charged with improper conduct

Newcastle, England ( - Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association for headbutting Hull City midfielder David Meyler.

The incident occurred in the 72nd minute of Newcastle's 4-1 win over the Tigers on Saturday when Pardew became involved in a brief shoving exchange with the Hull City man as he attempted to take a throw in.

Pardew then threw his head forward toward the face of Meyler, earning himself an ejection and a fine of $160,000 from the club.

A statement from the FA on Monday read: "It is alleged that in the 72nd minute of the fixture, Pardew was involved in an incident with a Hull City player that amounted to improper conduct.

"Due to the serious violent and/or aggressive nature of the reported behavior this case has been designated as non-standard."

Pardew has until Thursday to respond to the charge.

The extent of the punishment has yet to be determined, but it is expected to be significant with Pardew having received a two-match touchline ban last season for pushing a referee's assistant.

This season Pardew has been warned by the FA and forced to apologize after a profanity-laced rant aimed at Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini.