Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor has avoided disciplinary action from the FA after apologising for a tweet, although has been reminded about his responsibilities on social media.
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An FA statement read: "The FA has issued a reminder to Mr Steven Taylor of Newcastle United FC in respect of the public nature of social networking websites, and the risk of postings being taken out of context, following a post he made to Twitter of four pictures on 15 November. Steven Taylor has confirmed to The FA that the four pictures he posted on his Twitter account were sent to him by Massadio Haidara.
"One picture was of Mr Haidara himself, one was of Vurnon Anita, and the other two were selected by Mr Haidara as “lookalikes” of Papiss Cisse and Moussa Sissoko. These facts have also been confirmed by Mr Haidara.
"All four are players at Newcastle United FC. Mr Taylor posted these pictures on his Twitter account as a response to those teammates laughing at his efforts to learn French. This followed a picture posted earlier by Mr Haidara, apparently of Mr Taylor learning French.
"In these circumstances, The FA will take no further disciplinary action in respect of this matter."
Taylor, 27, tweeted an image that seemed to mock some of his Magpies teammates. Replying to a message from Massadio Haidara, in which the full-back teased Taylor over his attempts at learning French, Taylor wrote: "It's always good to see you guys smiling."
The tweet contained a picture showing three black stereotypes, along with a photo of teammate Vurnon Anita, and copied in the Twitter handles of Papiss Cisse, Moussa Sissoko and Anita. Taylor, however, soon took down the tweet.
Despite Haidara later declaring the incident as “banter”, the tweet provoked angry responses on the social networking site and was soon spread across a number of supporters’ sites.
@27StevenTaylor Is Just Bander with Papiss , Moussa , Vurn' and Me . He joke with me 2 min before .— Massadio Haidara (@MassadioHaidara) November 15, 2013
Taylor subsequently tweeted an apology for his behaviour.
Apologies if my tweet offended anybody.— Steven Taylor (@27StevenTaylor) November 15, 2013