Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew hits out at sick chants

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ALAN Pardew has hit out at the sick chants aimed at Newcastle United’s Steven Taylor in the Wear-Tyne derby.

Sunderland fans chanted “Steven Taylor, we wish you were dead” in Sunday’s game at the Stadium of Light.

A pre-match interview from Taylor had rankled on Wearside.

The defender suggested no Sunderland player would get in Newcastle’s team – or even make it on to Pardew’s bench.

Pardew is adamant that such a chant has no place in football.

And he has called on the football authorities - and police - to look into the abuse directed at Taylor, who came off the bench in the 1-1 draw.

United’s fans were also criticised for singing a tasteless song about Jimmy Savile.

“They were not acceptable,” Pardew said. “We don’t want that in the game – every type of abuse is not right.

“I hope they are brought to task, if it is found out who they are.”