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Monday, 17 April 2017

Everton bans 'The Sun' over article on Ross Barkley that compared his grandfather to a gorilla

English Premiership side, Everton banned the Sun "from all areas of its operation" after the newspaper published "appalling and indefensible" allegations about Ross Barkley and the people of Liverpool. The article, written by columnist Kelvin MacKenzie, appeared on Friday.
MacKenzie was suspended after comparing the midfielder, whose grandfather was born in Nigeria, to a "gorilla".

He also wrote that men with similar "pay packets" to Barkley in Liverpool were "drug dealers".

Everton in a statement said: "The newspaper has to know that any attack on this City, either against a much respected community or individual, is not acceptable."

Merseyside Police are currently investigating whether MacKenzie's comments constitute a "racial hate crime".

The Sun apologised "for the offence caused" and added that it was "unaware of Barkley's heritage".

In February, Liverpool banned Sun journalists from its grounds over the newspaper's coverage of the Hillsborough disaster.


Nnenne George said...


Anonymous said...

Hi an, what kind of title is this. The writer didn't even know Ross had a black lineage. It was Ross he referred to as gorilla not his ancestor!

christie benjamin said...


Abdullahi Mohammed said...

For God's sake what won't some reporters do for an headline story I hope he gets what's coming to him gorilla haba try something else

Vivian Reginalds said...

-D great anonymous now as Vivian Reginalds

Anonymous said...

There's no excuse, people need to watch the reckless nonsense they say.

Betloaded said...

The treatment given to barkley is not fair at all.

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