Everton have banned the Sun from Goodison Park and their Finch Farm training ground on the newspaper coverage of the city. It is in the wake of Kelvin MacKenzie be suspended by the Sun after Merseyside police said they were investigating Friday’s controversial column titled: “Here’s why they spend monkey of Ross”, in which he compared Everton, Ross Barkley to a gorilla. Next to it there was a photograph of a gorilla, the eyes below, a closeup of the eyes of Barkley, whose grand-father was born in Nigeria.
MacKenzie, the paper’s former editor-in-chief, wrote in his weekly column that he was not surprised the midfielder was knocked out in a nightclub because he was like an animal in a zoo.
The Police investigation into the racial hatred complaint over Kelvin MacKenzie’s Sun column on Ross Barkley
“Yesterday, Everton Football Club has informed The Sun newspaper, he has been banned from Goodison Park, USM’s Finch Farm training ground and all areas of the club operation,” read a club statement.
“While we will not give the dignity of every journalist with a response to appalling and indefensible allegations, the newspaper has to know that any attack against this city, as it is against a highly respected of the community or an individual, is not acceptable.”
Saturday marks the 28th anniversary of the disaster. The manager of Liverpool, Jürgen Klopp, will put an end to the training to lead a tribute on the part of the front frame that him and his captain, Jordan Henderson, the laying of flowers at Anfield.
In February, Liverpool banned the Sun from Anfield and Melwood training ground during the infamous coverage of the disaster at Hillsborough, in which 96 supporters of Liverpool have been illegally killed. The document has also been refused access to interviews with players or Klopp. This decision is understood to have been taken after the club’s directors had interviews with the families of those who died in the tragedy in 1989.
The Sun removed MacKenzie’s article from their website on the Friday afternoon and later suspended him. News UK, owners of the Sun, said: “The views expressed by Kelvin MacKenzie on the people of Liverpool has been bad, not funny and are not the point of view of the sheet of paper. The Sun apologised for the offence caused. The paper was not aware of Ross Barkley heritage and has never been a joint planned. Mr. MacKenzie is currently on vacation, and that the matter will be the subject of a thorough investigation at the time of his return.”
Merseyside police confirmed they had launched an investigation relative to the column after receiving an online complaint from a member of the public alleging that a “written comments on a third party constituted a race-hate crime”.
The Everton fans displayed a Ross Barkley banner during Saturday’s Premier League match against Burnley at Goodison Park, Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty Images
In his column, MacKenzie wrote: “perhaps unfairly, I have always found Ross Barkley as one of our conditions of weak football players. There’s something about the lack of reflection in his eyes that makes me some are not only are the lights not on, there is certainly nobody home.
“I have a similar feeling when seeing a gorilla at the zoo. The physical is beautiful, but it is the eyes that tell the story. So it came as a surprise to me that the Everton star caught a nasty right turn into a nightclub for allegedly eyeing a pretty young lady, who, as they say, has “spoken”.
“The reality is that 60,000 per week and to be thick and unique, it is a nice catch in the Liverpool area, where only men with the same pay packages are drug traffickers and, therefore, not in the nightclubs, because they are often guests of His Majesty.”
MacKenzie said Barkley would have “learned a painful lesson” of the altercation in the neighborhood of Santa Chupitos bar, adding: “It is too rich and too famous to be spending his time in local hangouts where most of the customers have only broken through the 7.50-an-hour barrier.”
The mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, has tweeted on Friday to say that he had reported the section of Merseyside police and the Independent Press Standards Organisation to be a “racist attack”, and sentenced MacKenzie to her, “prehistoric times, the stereotypes of our city.”
After his suspension, MacKenzie said: “I had no idea of Ross Barkley family background and or someone else. The Mayor of Liverpool and a handful of others to describe the article as “racist” is beyond parody.”
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