& # 39; If he had dropped me, I would never have experienced it & # 39 ;: David Meyler on THAT headbutt incident with Alan Pardew, call the police that he thought it was a joke and how ex -Newcastle boss ignored him when they came face to face again
David Meyler has finally spoken about his infamous headbutt moment with Alan Pardew, when he faced the former Newcastle manager as a Hull City player in 2014.
Tensions bubbled over during the game, when things got to the sidelines after Pardew decided to take the ball after keeping it bobbed for a throw-in.
With Hull trailing badly in the game, defender Meyler had hurried to the sidelines before pushing Pardew away from the ball to speed up the game.
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Pardew taking a few unstable steps back, who immediately became furious , completely lost his temper and decided to take on the player.
With Meyler, the experienced Premier League boss surprises a surprise, from which a massive fight would unfold.
When asked to talk about what caused the incident, Meyler offered his version of events while appearing as a guest fund on BT Sport & # 39; s FA Cup coverage.
& # 39; I just got said something to him, a sign gesture, and then he used an explicit language. I referred to him as a & # 39; soft, southern something & # 39 ;, & # 39; said Meyler.
& # 39; People say & # 39; he has stopped you & # 39; but I wouldn't say it was a disappointment. He strokes his head a bit against me. I don't know what Alan Pardew was at the time, 56, 57, but if he had dropped me I would never have experienced it. & # 39;
Meyler, who announced his retirement in football last August, further explained how he mistakenly believed his teammates had seized the opportunity to make it all a big joke.
& # 39; Many people ask if he apologized or anything funny enough the next day I was home and my phone rang. We had some jokers in our team at the time, so I thought it was a liquidation, Robert Snodgrass would have been a good example.
& # 39; I answered and they said: & # 39; David, this is Chief Inspector … & # 39; So I said & # 39; yes good & # 39; and hung up the phone. He called back, I hung up again, and then the Hull president called me and said: & David, this is actually the police. Do you want to print cartoons? & # 39;
& I just thought it was a complete finish. Of course I said no. I wasn't going to press cartoons against him, but still.
& # 39; We played Crystal Palace after he (Pardew) left Newcastle and at Palace there is a short tunnel and I remember walking past him and I grabbed his hand, didn't let it release for a good five or six seconds, but he never acknowledged it.
& # 39; I didn't want to apologize, but I just wanted him to acknowledge that he had made a mistake. I don't need him to say sorry to me, "added Meyler.
After a Premier League panel analyzed the incident, Pardew was hit with a ban on seven games and a fine of £ 60,000 imposed for his behavior.]
An independent FA committee ruled at the time that the first three games imposed would be a complete stadium ban and the remaining four a ban on the sidelines.
In the aftermath, Pardew told the official Newcastle website : & # 39; As I made clear, I deeply regret the incident and once again I apologize to all parties for my behavior, which I understand was not acceptable. & # 39;