On Friday Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor apologized via Twitter for a tweet he posted appearing to mock some of his Magpies teammates, that created a racism scandal on the social media site.
Taylor, 27, has since deleted the message which caused huge offense and is sure to see the defender punished by the English Football Association and his club.
In the tweet, pictured below, Taylor is said to be having some ‘banter’ with Newcastle teammates Papiss Demba Cisse, Vurnon Anita, Moussa Sissoko and Massadio Haidara.
The message was in response to Haidara making fun of Taylor’s attempts to learn to speak French and he replied “It’s always good to see you guys smiling,” and posted a picture of what looks like an African tribesman, a man wearing a fake afro wig and included his four black teammates in the Tweet.
Those players have since stepped in and jumped to Taylor’s defense, but the content of the tweet from the no-nonsense defender cannot be ignored.
This isn’t the first-time a Premier League player has been caught up in a racism storm on Twitter, as last season Manchester United’s Rio Ferdinand was fined $65,000 by the FA after using the term “choc-ice” on the social media site.
We haven’t heard the last from this as Taylor will instantly regret posting the bizarre picture which has offended many and gone viral across the soccer world and on the internet.
See the former England Under-21 captains apology below, but it all seems a little bit late for that.
Karim Benzema bagged a hat trick (WATCH HERE) — his 19th, 20th and 21st goals of the league season (second-most, 12 behind Lionel Messi) — to send Real Madrid to a comfortable victory over Athletic Bilbao at the Santiago Bernabeu. The result also keeps Los Blancos within four points of capital rivals Atletico Madrid in something of a battle for second place behind runaway leaders Barcelona.
Benzema has scored 10 goals in his last seven La Liga appearances, a run in which Madrid have complied a 5W-1D-1L record. Benzema failed to score in Zinedine Zidane’s re-debut as Madrid manager, but has scored eight goals in five games since.
Sunday’s game marked the 300th league appearance for midfielder and 2018 Ballon d’Or winner Luka Modric in a Real Madrid shirt.
Sevilla’s hopes of returning to the UEFA Champions League following a one-year hiatus took a serious hit on Sunday, as Pablo Machin’s side was hammered by Getafe, the side which now occupies fourth place, two points ahead of them. Getafe continue to enjoy their meteoric rise through the Spanish ranks, as they were competing in the second division this time two years ago.
Two of the three goals the scored on Sunday came from the penalty spot, as Jaime Mata and Jorge Molina converted in the 35th and 45th+4′, respectively. Molina completed the scoring eight minutes into the second half.
Elsewhere in La Liga
Real Betis 1-2 Valencia
Levante 2-2 Espanyol
Villarreal 2-1 Leganes
Liverpool beat Cardiff City 2-0, scoring a pair of second half goals to go back atop the Premier League before Manchester City plays its final match-in-hand of the season in a midweek Manchester Derby.
“It was prepared to be a proper banana skin and we knew that, the boys were unbelievable,” Klopp said after his team kept a second consecutive clean sheet.
He insists that he’s not feeling pressure as Liverpool may need to win every one of its matches and get help to capture its first Premier League crown.
“I only know about me and I didn’t feel it (the pressure) we have to do it like we do it. We cannot change it. The boys try really with all they have, we only speak about the things we have to do. Their attitude is outstanding and it’s a tough season but a very positive one as well.”
Liverpool has two banana skins left, a visit from Huddersfield and trip to Newcastle, closing out the league slate with Wolves at Anfield.