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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