Newcastle defender Taylor urges ref Halsey to carry on

Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor has jumped to the defence of ref Mark Halsey.

Halsey has been abused on Twitter and told to call it a day by former referee Graham Poll after missing Callum McManaman’s horror tackle on Massadio Haidara in Wigan’s ­controversial win over Newcastle at the DW Stadium last Sunday.

But Taylor told the People: “I sincerely hope Mark Halsey does not quit refereeing.

“Yes, he missed what was a bad tackle on Massadio Haidara because his view of the incident was blocked. He has admitted the Wigan player deserved a red card and has ­apologised to our gaffer.

“I don’t see what else he can do now, and the talk of him quitting is just not on.

“I know I speak for a lot of other players in the Premier League when I say he is a ­player’s referee and one we enjoy playing under.

“Earlier this season when I was getting all sorts of abuse as I went on as substitute against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, he told me not to worry because he had even had death threats.

“He took the time to ­support me then and the least I can do is support him now.”

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