MARTIN O’Neill has condemned the chanting towards Newcastle centre-half Steven Taylor which marred yesterday’s Wear-Tyne derby.
Taylor earned the ire of Sunderland supporters in the build-up to the encounter by claiming no Black Cats player would make it into Newcastle’s starting XI.
But both during the warm-up and after he replaced Fabricio Coloccini with 10 minutes to go, Taylor was subjected to chants from a section of Sunderland supporters, wishing he was dead.
Newcastle’s fans were not blameless either, repeatedly producing equally distasteful chants towards suspended Sunderland skipper Lee Cattermole.
Sunderland boss O’Neill said of the Taylor chants: “If that is what they were singing then it would be in very poor taste. If I had heard that I would have been disappointed with that.”
O’Neill claimed Taylor’s pre-match comments had not formed the basis of his team talk, but admitted several of Sunderland’s players had taken note.
He added: “Some of the players had passed comment. He is entitled to his opinion.
“I am delighted he made their bench!”