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Steven Taylor Likely To Be Charged By FA With Stupidity

8 years ago

Today a storm has blown up surrounding Steven Taylor and a badly advised message he sent out on Twitter.

The Geordie defender might be a lot of things but one thing I’m confident of is that he isn’t a racist.

However, in ‘banter’ with teammates Papisse Cisse, Moussa Sissoko, Massadio Haidara and Vurnon Anita, Taylor reacted to a joking message from Haidara mocking his attempts to learn French.

Unfortunately, Taylor’s attempt at ‘humour’ was a bizarre collection of images which included a photo of Anita as well as a collection of dressed up photos/doctored images of blackened/masked faces and extra white teeth.

The other Newcastle players are said to have taken no offence of the image Taylor sent along with the message, “It’s always good to see you guys smiling.”

Taylor was no doubt quickly told he’d made an ‘error of judgement’ and instantly took the Tweet down but the damage had been done in terms of being made public.

Massadio Haidara tried to defuse the situation by posting;

“It’s just bander (banter) with Papiss, Massi, Vuen and me. He joke with me 2 minutes before.”

Taylor followed up with a message saying;

“Apologies if my tweet offended anybody.” Taylor has also apologised to Newcastle United and said he did it without thinking and it was meant just as a harmless joke with friends. It yet again shows that no matter how much money players earn, at times they aren’t the brightest and if it was a private joke why put it in the public domain?

The authorities have asked the club for an explanation from Taylor an despite the defender’s swift response it is hard to see that stopping action against him judged on previous cases.

It is ironic that Taylor was attending a public multi-ethnic event tonight at Westgate Sports Centre in the west end of Newcastle.

It won’t make much difference in his defence but it is ironic that nobody does more in the community than Steven Taylor amongst the Newcastle United squad.

It is stating the obvious but let’s hope that Taylor gets his head down and concentrates on getting back in the team rather than attempting a second career as a dodgy comedian.


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