Pardew sees red, Chelsea and Liverpool march on
By Mike Collett
LONDON (Reuters) - Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew was fined and warned by his club after he was sent off for headbutting a Hull City player while Chelsea and Liverpool claimed convincing away wins in the Premier League on Saturday.
Pardew was fined 100,000 pounds ($167,600) and given a formal warning by Newcastle who said his behavior was "unacceptable", while FA chairman Greg Dyke said the governing body would investigate the incident.
Pardew was sent to the stands by referee Kevin Friend when he headbutted Hull midfielder David Meyler on the sideline after 72 minutes of Newcastle's 4-1 win at Hull's KC Stadium and he is likely to face a hefty FA fine and a touchline ban.
In the title race, Germany international Andre Schuerrle scored a hat-trick as leaders Chelsea went four points clear with a 3-1 victory at neighbors Fulham while Liverpool jumped into second spot with a 3-0 win at Southampton.
Brendan Rodgers' side leapfrogged Arsenal and Manchester City after the Gunners suffered a surprising 1-0 defeat at Stoke City due to a second-half Jon Walters penalty.
Manchester City were without a league match as they play Sunderland in the Capital One (League) Cup final on Sunday.
The results left Chelsea top with 63 points from 28 games, followed by Liverpool on 59 ahead of Arsenal on goal difference.
Fourth-placed City, who have two matches in hand on the clubs above them, have 57 points. Continued...