Steve Bruce accepts Alan Pardew’s apology over head-butt incident

• Hull manager welcomes Newcastle counterpart's letter
• 'I hope it's over – it certainly is as far as we're concerned'

Steve Bruce has accepted a written apology from Alan Pardew over the head-butting incident that marred Newcastle United's 3-1 win over Hull City at the KC Stadium two weeks ago.

Pardew was handed a seven-match ban and a cumulative £160,000 fine after the Newcastle manager admitted an FA misconduct charge relating to a touch-line fracas with the home midfielder David Meyler. Pardew revealed on Thursday he had sent a letter to his Hull counterpart apologising for his actions, and Bruce says he is now keen to draw a line under the incident.

Bruce said: "As far as we're concerned we accept his apology – all of us in the heat of the moment could look back at times and think: 'What the hell have I done that for?'

"I'm sure Alan will look at himself and think exactly the same thing. In the cold light of day he's been punished heavily and I don't think he'll be going to the races this week.

"I hope it's over – it certainly is as far as we're concerned and I'm sure Alan will make sure it doesn't happen again." © 2014 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

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