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Keane offers Meyler backing

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane has backed David Meyler for not reacting to Alan Pardew's infamous clash with him last weekend.

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David Meyler: Praised for not reacting to Alan Pardew

David Meyler: Praised for not reacting to Alan Pardew

Pardew has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association after appearing to headbutt Hull City midfielder Meyler during a touchline altercation in the second half of Newcastle's 4-1 win at the KC Stadium.

The Newcastle manager was fined £100,000 by his club on Saturday night, just hours after the incident, but no criminal proceedings will take place, no complaint having been received from Meyler or Hull.

Pardew, who has been widely condemned for his behaviour, offered an immediate apology after the incident, but he is still expected to be hit with a heavy sanction by the FA with a possible stadium ban mooted.

Meyler, who is on international duty with the Republic of Ireland ahead of Wednesday's friendly with Serbia, has been praised by Keane for not lashing out at Pardew following the clash.

"He did exactly what you would expect him to do," said Keane.

"He did the right thing. He's a [County] Cork lad so he doesn't go down easily.

"There's been no surprise for me with Meyler. I know the type of character he is."

Asked whether he would have reacted in the same way, Keane smiled as he replied: "I'm not sure I would have got involved in anything like that."

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terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

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he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

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o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

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