Everton FC bans The Sun over Kelvin MacKenzie Ross Barkley article

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Everton football club have banned The Sun newspaper following "appalling and indefensible" comments by Kelvin MacKenzie regarding the club's midfielder Ross Barkley.

Everton says the ban applies to "all areas of its operation."

MacKenzie likened the young English player, who is mixed-race, to a gorilla, leading to accusations of racism.

The Sun swiftly removed the article from its website and suspended MacKenzie, while owners News UK said "the paper was unaware of Ross Barkley's heritage and there was never any slur intended."

MacKenzie himself has said hat it was "beyond parody" to describe the column as "racist".

The paper has already been banned by Everton's neighbours, Liverpool, as part of an ongoing row over its coverage of the Hillsborough disaster in 1989 - despite The Sun having apologised on several occasions.