Steven Taylor has kicked up a race storm on social media.
Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor, perhaps unwittingly, has become embroiled in a race storm on social media after tagging his Newcastle United team-mates Papiss Cisse, Vernon Anita, Moussa Sissoko and Massadio Haidara in a collage photograph of four seemingly random black men. The caption read: 'It's always good to see you guys smiling.'
The message has not sat well with some of his followers and the club's fan-base as it has polarised opinion. Some muse that it may have been an 'in-joke', that it was banter but, if that were the case, it perhaps should not have been made in a public forum had it been a private joke.
Others believe it will inevitably cause a public relations mess with the club, particularly in a Kick It Out era which challenges discrimination and encourages inclusive practices.
After deleting the message from his Twitter account, Taylor commented that he was sorry if his message 'offended anybody'.
Here Is The City reached out to Newcastle United to inquire about the legibility of the Tweet, for their official response and stance on the matter but the phones were left unanswered. We are yet to hear back but will update this piece should a statement be released, either publicly, or to our publication.
Seems as if people are thinking too much into that Steven Taylor tweet... The lad isn't racist in the slightest.— Chris Chapman (@chapbeast) November 15, 2013
Newcastle's PR team must love Steven Taylor.— Michael McCarthy (@MicksutOzil) November 15, 2013
This might be the most Steven Taylor thing Steven Taylor has ever done.— Kieran Dodds (@crackgoalie) November 15, 2013
Oh god just seen the Steven Taylor tweet. Some of these footballers are complete idiots.— George Wood (@georgewood_me) November 15, 2013
Just saw @27StevenTaylor's racist tweet. Wow. I mean... wow.— Jon Yarker (@Jon_Yarker) November 15, 2013
Almost two hours later and Steven Taylor has deleted his tweet. That must be a new record for Taylor's reaction times, tbf.— Jonathan (@JonnyGabriel) November 15, 2013
Steven Taylor thing is another non issue for the bored press to run away with. I blame international week— Töby. (@TobyN4) November 15, 2013
Apologies if my tweet offended anybody.— Steven Taylor (@27StevenTaylor) November 15, 2013
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