Barton, Lineker & more: Twitter reacts to Pardew’s headbutt as Newcastle win
Joey Barton and Gary Lineker are among the tweeters after Newcastle boss Alan Pardew headbutted David Meyler
Alan Pardew’s headbutt on David Meyler was the biggest talking point at the KC Stadium as Newcastle United were 3-1 winners against Hull City.
The incident happened in the 72nd minute when Hull midfielder Meyler clashed with Pardew as he looked to retrieve the ball for a throw-in, with the Magpies boss appearing to push his head into the Irishman’s face.
Unsurprisingly, there was a huge reaction to Twitter as the professionals gave their thoughts on Pardew losing his head. Here is a selection of our favourite posts.
England legend Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) can’t defend Pardew: “Alan Pardew has just head-butted David Meyler. Yes head-butted. Inexcusable from a manager.”
West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster (@BenFoster) can’t believe the reports emerging from the KC Stadium: “Tell me it’s not true that Alan Pardew has just headbutted David Meyler of Hull….?!!!!!”
Former United midfielder Alan Tonge (@Alan_Tonge) is shocked: “Pardew has butted someone!. Red card. Deary me.”
Norwich City legend Darren Huckerby (@hucks6dh6) alludes to the potential interested from WWE legend Vince McMahon: “As if Pardew has just Nutted one of the Hull players #WWE”
Former Wimbledon striker Jason Euell (@jasoneuell) enjoys the Newcastle manager’s reaction: “Pards head butting Meyler.. then plays on it like he didn’t do anything. #Priceless”
Irishman Sean St Ledger (@seanstledger12) is in no doubt that it is a headbutt: “Take the last tweet back!! Looks like a headbutt if I’ve ever seen one!”
QPR midfielder and former Magpies captain Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) reckons the incident has been overhyped: “Oh Pards! Nooooooo! […] I bet its nothing.”
Comedian Jack Whitehall (@jackwhitehall) imagines what Pardew may have said to Meyler: “Look let’s not jump to conclusions for all we know Pardew was leaning into that guy to whisper something, like ‘you daft c**t’ #lovelyman”
Ex-Leicester City man Robbie Savage (@RobbieSavage8) is in disbelief: “Couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw Pardew throw his head into Meyler, absolutely disgraceful behaviour from a manager!”
England rugby legend Matt Dawson (@matt9dawson) wants Pardew banned: “What the dickens is football coming too. A manager actually head butted a player!!! #banhimfromthesport”
Troy Townsend (@Towno10) cuts through Pardew’s excuses: “Someone please tell him “I tried to push him away with my head = headbutt in anyone’s book.”
Barton (@Joey7Barton) is back: “Seen Pardew incident. As per usual. Massively over-hyped… Don’t let a couple of stupid incidents detract from the job he has done at Newcastle. Especially with what goes on behind the scenes there. Got a lot of time for Pardew. Regardless of what people think, he is a top manager. One of the best I’ve worked with.”
Former Manchester United defender Mikael Silvestre (@IamMSilvestre) chimes in: “UN-PARDS-ONABLE #hullnew #angermanagement”
Do you agree with Piers Morgan’s (@piersmorgan) view? “Outrageous behaviour by a manager, Pardew’s disgraced Newcastle and must resign or be sacked. […] To those defending Pardew, how many managers could headbutt someone in any workplace and not be sacked?”