Steven Taylor: Defender given warning after controversial tweet

Newcastle defender Steven Taylor

Newcastle defender Steven Taylor has been warned about his use of social media by the Football Association.

Taylor, 27, caused controversy last week after saying "it's always good to see you guys smiling" when tweeting an image to four of his black team-mates.

He deleted the post, which contained pictures showing stereotypes of black people, and apologised for any offence.

Following an investigation, the FA have warned Taylor against postings which "could be taken out of context".

The former England Under-21s international will not face any sanction from the governing body.

The picture in question showed 'lookalikes' of Papiss Cisse, Moussa Sissoko, Vurnon Anita and Massadio Haidara.

The FA found that the image had been originally sent to Taylor by left-back Haidara. Taylor had then forwarded it on to his team-mates in response to teasing about his attempts to learn French by Haidara on Twitter.

French defender Haidara had dismissed the incident as "banter".

Taylor was sent off against Manchester City in his only appearance for Newcastle this season. Since then, injury has prevented him from regaining his place in manager Alan Pardew's team.

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