Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has banned defender Steven Taylor from wearing boots with the words ‘The Stamp Collector’ stitched on the side.
Ahead of last season’s derby, Taylor stoked up tensions by claiming that he “would rather be a stamp collector” than go to watch Sunderland.
The 27-year-old was hoping to wear boots bearing the associated slogan for Sunday’s Tyne-Wear derby, but has now been banned from doing so by his manager, according to reports in the Daily Express.
The defender was brought up on Tyneside and has become a target of abuse from Sunderland fans, with outbursts like the stamp collector comments probably not helping matters.
During April’s derby match at at St James’ Park, Black Cats supporters sang: “We hope you die Steven Taylor.”
And there will be plenty of opportunities to abuse Taylor on Sunday. He is expected to return from suspension and injury to make his first start since the defeat to Manchester City in the Magpies’ opening game of the season.
Pardew said: “Steven Taylor is OK, he has trained this week. We will see on Saturday whether he is going to start.”