Newcastle fans react to player's racially-insensitive Tweet

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.

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