Alan Pardew
Pardew faces a long ban for seeming headbutting Meyler.

The Football Association chairman Greg Dyke has confirmed that Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew's headbutt on Hull City's David Myler will be investigated.

Pardew faces a lengthy touchline ban and fine after the incident during his side's 4-1 win at the KC Stadium, which saw a coming together with Meyler in the second half.

Despite having apologised for the incident The FA have wasted no time in confirming an investigation will be carried out into an episode which saw referee Kevin Friend send Pardew to the stands.

Chairman Dyke said: "Well I've only just seen the clip and clearly it looks serious and we will investigate it but I can't really say anything else at this stage."

The Newcastle boss faces a five-match ban similar to that which former Blackpool boss Paul Ince received earlier this season though the act could also be interpreted as gross misconduct in the eyes of owner Mike Ashley, which could lead to his sacking at St James' Park.

Pardew said after the game: "Apart from myself, everyone in the squad was brilliant today.

"Everyone has got nine out of ten, except me. The incident involving myself is not good enough.I'm the Newcastle United manager and I would like to apologise to all our fans for my conduct.

"It was wrong and is a wake-up call for me to go and sit down and have a think.

"I did not mean any damage to the guy but I have moved my head forward. I tried to push him away with my head but I should not have done that. I apologise to everyone. I should not have got involved in it."