Newcastle defender Steven Taylor has apologised for what was taken as a racist tweet mocking his Toon team-mates, reports The
Taylor, 27, posted a tweet saying “it’s good to see you guys smiling,” aimed at team-mates Papiss Cisse, Moussa Sissoko, Vurnon Anita and Massadio Haidara, and attached a collage picture of a minstrel act, African tribesmen and someone wearing a large wig.
Anti-racism campaigners criticised the Newcastle captain for the tweet, and Taylor was quick to apologise, later tweeting “apologies if my tweet offended anybody.”
Haidara lept to Taylor’s defence, insisting the comment was just dressing room banter, but the campaigners accused the player of promoting “crude racial stereotypes” with his ill-advised comment.
Ged Grebby, chief executive of the “Show Racism the Red Card” campaign, said: “Steven Taylor’s behaviour is foolish on his part and while he may have meant it as a joke he clearly does not know how offensive those images are to some people.”
Grebby did concede that he does not believe Taylor to be a racist due to the amount of work the defender has done to support the cause in recent years, but encouraged caution in future so as not to be perceived as acting in a racist manner in future.
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