Alan Pardew’s Blast At Sunderland Fans

We had reported after the Sunderland game, that their supporters started to chant “Steven Taylor – we wish you were dead” when the local Newcastle lad came on after 79 minutes in place of Fab Coloccini, and that chanting has already been condemned by Martin O’Neill, and Alan Pardew has finally spoken about it today.

Steven Taylor – disgraceful chants aimed at him by Sunderland fans

Sunderland fans were upset that Steven had said before the game that not one Sunderland player could get into the Newcastle team, but by the performance on Sunday,  Steven could have been close to the truth.

The home fans also racially abused Demba Ba, and there has been an investigation into that incident launched by the Northumbria police.

The Sunderland Martin O’Neill has also described the chants as being “in very poor taste” and certainly the Sunderland fans didn’t exactly cover themselves in glory on Sunday – and neither did their players – come to think of it.

This is what Alan said today in the local press:

“The Taylor chants were not acceptable. We don’t want that in the game. Every type of abuse is not right.” “I hope they are brought to task, if it is found out who they are.”

“Show Racism the Red Card is not just about racism, it’s about all kinds of chanting of a personal nature.” “We’ve had all sorts of examples over the last week, with what happened at the Sheffield Wednesday-Leeds game.”

“It is just not acceptable.”

Things are starting to sink back to what they were about 20 years ago when England fans were labeled as hooligans around the world, for the way they conducted themselves when they went to support their teams on the continent, and of course it led to a ban on European competition for all English sides.

We hope it doesn’t sink to that level again, but we look to the English FA to put an end to this holiganism and nip it in the bud, before it becomes another major problem for English football.

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16 comments so far

  • jesperfuglsang

    Oct 24, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #1

    Am I too late…or to early? 😀

  • jesperfuglsang

    Oct 24, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #2

    Ignorance breed fear!

  • jawballsaswallwell

    Oct 24, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #3

    I suppose it was a bit offside, then again, when you carry on like a right dunce that’s what you’re gonna get.

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Oct 24, 2012 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #4


    Let it be known from this day forth….Jesper did not need prompting to change threads. This is progress. I’m oh so proud.

    On topic….Personally, I struggle to tolerate and type of racism, I find it disgusting and don’t buy in to the ignore it or you’re making an issue of something that isn’t there. For me, that’s completely false.

    There will always be bigotry and racism worldwide, doesn’t mean we should allow them to think it’s okay. How to handle it though, is extremely complex and luckily not something I’ve been tasked with. With a very basic view on things, we need to be educating people on this from a young age. It does seem society has taken a few steps back on this issue – well, that’s what I’ve noticed on my recent returns to the UK – might be off in this opinion, but it seems noticeably more acceptable at the minute and it simply isn’t acceptable.

    As for the Stephen Taylor chants. They weren’t in good taste, but he knew he was winding them up and that there would be retaliation from the scum fans – did anyone expect them to come up with something witty or clever?

  • jesperfuglsang

    Oct 24, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #5

    Ibiza…is it wrong to be a bit proud of myself as well? 😀 lol

    … the highest form of education is tollerance (maybe education has failed us :-()

  • rainrix

    Oct 24, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #6

    Racism isn’t going to be sorted this generation tbh. We aren’t going to change the attitude of adults really, not unless their dogs fall into freezing lakes and are then rescued by someone of a different race. It really has to start with kids and education. Its not going to be something that’ll be sorted out overnight unfortunately

  • rainrix

    Oct 24, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #7

    Abuse on the other hand well, if someone can teach me to not hate mackems then i welcome it 🙂

  • rainrix

    Oct 24, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #8

    Scratch that not to hate them tolerate them is a better word 🙂

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Oct 24, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #9

    Jesper….Not at all. Today is a day to celebrate.

    It would seem education has indeed failed us…for now. Knowledge is power.

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Oct 24, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #10

    Everyone should show respect and tolerance to others views. I get that. I don’t see how or why people should be tolerant and have respect for people who don’t abide to the same philosophy. Racists or bigots aren’t showing tolerance or respect, so surely that discounts them right there? It’s how we deal with it for me, not whether it needs dealing with – it clearly does.

    Rainrix….Spot on. Can’t teach an old dog new tricks and all that. Need to plan for the future mainly and control the current crop as best as possible. Not sure anything more can be expected – but these things only change if people make it happen.

    Tolerate mackems? Where would you start?

  • jawballsaswallwell

    Oct 24, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #11

    I think almost everybody would view racial abuse as far beyond the pale, although I’m also far from convinced it should a criminal offence, as I wonder if this actually discourages people from voicing their disapproval when they hear it, you know, the old greater govt intervention potentially undermining the peoples voice argument.

  • blew

    Oct 24, 2012 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #12

    Too many players at the club are mouthpieces and set themselves up, Taylor is one, if he played as much as he shouts his mouth off he would do well. He wants a gag as does Simpson.
    As for Mackems, I have 2 living beside me, strange breed, however, I worship the ground thats coming to them.

  • Graeme

    Oct 24, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #13

    Living and working in Nigeria as I do, please do not forget that racism is most definitely a two way street – it works both ways, make no mistake.

  • martoon

    Oct 24, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #14

    I think we are blurring the line between racial abuse and offensive chants. While the Steven Taylor & Clattermole chants were sick & offensive I didn’t think they were illegal and people could be arrested. If so does that mean anybody using the expression ‘drop dead’ can be prosecuted?

  • AmericanGeordie

    Oct 24, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #15

    The anxiousness of the press to provoke outrage over the Steven Taylor chants is silly and mundane. This expression of Mackem vitriol was harmless, however distasteful, and was certainly not outside convention for either support. (Anyone ever sung or heard the Mackem on a String chant?)

    The effort to draw a line at where something one says becomes harmful to others rather than just ignorant and tasteless is absurd, pointless and impossible.

  • Wor Cheik

    Oct 24, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #16
    In its very first week so more posts to come!Hope you enjoy and keep reading!!


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