When the players for the main part in today’s game behaved themselves, and the managers behaved themselves too for a change – the Sunderland fans showed themselves up, with some unsavoury chanting at Steven Taylor when he came on, and the chants were in very poor taste.
Yohan Cabaye – after scoring Newcastle’s goal after just three minutes
When Steven Taylor came on for Fabricio Coloccini in the second half – the Sunderland fans started to chant:
“Steven Taylor, we wish you were dead”
The Black Cats fans surely could have thought up something less provocative than that chant, and even manager Martin O’Neill didn’t like it and objected to his own fans chanting it.
This is what Martin said after the game when told about the chants after the game:
“I didn’t know that. That would be poor, in very poor taste, if that’s the case.” “I would be disappointed to have heard that.”
“The Taylor comments didn’t figure in my team talk, but some of the players had passed comment about it.” “He’s absolutely entitled to his opinion. I am delighted he made their bench.”
Newcastle’s 10 men contained Sunderland for long periods in today’s game, and it was just a little unlucky that Sunderland got an equaliser after 85 minutes, and even then it was a Newcastle own goal by Demba Ba.
Steven’s comments were made with tongue in cheek – and Alan Pardew came out and said some of the Sunderland players could make the Newcastle team, including Steven Fletcher, Craig Gardner and Adam Johnson.
Adam was born in Sunderland, but supported Newcastle as a youngster and was on the Magpies’ books as a 10 year-old, and is now on loan at the Stadium of Light from Manchester City for the season.
With some racial prejudice seeming to creep more into the game of football every week, it seems that fans should be very wary of the chants they come up with.
And finally, it was good to see Danny Rose come through the game, after the trials and tribulations the youngster had to endure in Slovakia during the England U21 game.
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