Steven Taylor Forced into Swift Apology After Potentially Racist Tweet

Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterNovember 15, 2013

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 19: Steven Taylor of Newcastle United shows his dejection as he walks off the pitch after being shown the red card during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Newcastle United at the Etihad Stadium on August 19, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor issued an apology after a Twitter exchange with teammate Massadio Haidara which could have been interpreted as racism.

The English defender was being mocked by one of the members of Newcastle's growing French-speaking contingent when he made the inappropriate joke.

My friend @27StevenTaylor learning french ha ha good luck tayls

— Massadio Haidara (@MassadioHaidara) November 15, 2013

Taylor replied to Haidara—as well as teammates Vurnon Anita and Papiss Cisse—in a tweet that has subsequently been deleted:


The tweet was quickly spread around the social network, and soon Taylor ended up apologising.

Apologies if my tweet offended anybody.

— Steven Taylor (@27StevenTaylor) November 15, 2013

Haidara also moved to deny there was any malice in Taylor's words:

@27StevenTaylor Is Just Bander with Papiss , Moussa , Vurn' and Me . He joke with me 2 min before .

— Massadio Haidara (@MassadioHaidara) November 15, 2013

It remains to be seen whether the FA will intervene in the issue. Although the incident has been swiftly played down by all sides, the FA does have precedent for acting on racist comments on social media.

In 2012 Rio Ferdinand was fined £45,000 for his use of the term "choc ice" on Twitter.