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The Sun, banned by Everton after an “appalling and indefensible” article about Ross Barkley

An article written by columnist Kelvin MacKenzie, which appeared on Friday, determined Everton to ban the Sun “from all areas of its operation”, due to “appalling and indefensible” allegations about Ross Barkley and the people of Liverpool.

In the article, MacKenzie compared Barkley, who has a grandfather born in Nigeria, to a “gorilla” and wrote that men with similar “pay packets” to Barkley in Liverpool were “drug dealers”.

The author of the article was suspended and Merseyside Police are investigating whether his comments constitute a “racial hate crime”.

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

While the Sun apologized “for the offense caused” and added that it was “unaware of Barkley’s heritage”, MacKenzie reiterated in a statement of his own the latter sentiment, adding that it was “beyond parody” to describe the column as “racist”.

Madeline Gorthon