Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill has condemned the chants by Black Cats supporters towards Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor during Sunday’s Tyne-Wear derby.
Ahead of the match, the centre-back claimed that not one of the current Sunderland crop would get into the Magpies’ starting XI and was consequently subjected to several derogatory chants during the warm-up and game.
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Though O'Neill claimed to have not heard the chanting, the 60-year-old expressed his disappointment that they had taken place.
"I didn't know that. That would be poor, in very poor taste, if that's the case. I would be disappointed to have heard that," he told reporters.
"It [Taylor's pre-match comments] didn't figure in my team talk, but some of the players had passed comment about it."
"He's absolutely entitled to his opinion," O'Neill added. "I am delighted he made their bench."