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Newcastle boss Pardew shocked by Ben Arfa fisticuffs claim

Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew is shocked by claims of fisticuffs with Hatem Ben Arfa. The Daily Mail reports after victory over Cardiff City, Pardew had to contend with rumours of a punch-up with Ben Arfa, following a tweet by broadcaster Richard Keys that said: "Heard Ben Arfa chinned Pardew. If that's the case, one or the other will have to go."

A perplexed Pardew hinted Newcastle may take the matter further, saying: "Where did that come from? It's ridiculous, absolute nonsense. We'll have to have a look at that, because it is very bizarre, and I am mystified by it."

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