Despite the fact that The Sun apologized to Everton for a Friday article and suspended the columnist who wrote that, the Goodison Park side still found it necessary to take action against the newspaper, implementing a total ban on them.
Yesterday Everton Football Club informed The Sun newspaper it was banned from Goodison Park, the USM Finch Farm training ground and all areas of the club’s operation
Everton announced through an official statement.
Whilst we will not dignify any journalist with a response to appalling and indefensible allegations, the newspaper has to know that any attack on this city, either against a much respected community or individual, is not acceptable
the statement also read. The columnist in question used the word “gorilla” writing about Ross Barkley, who happens to have a Nigerian grandfather.
The columnist, Kelvin MacKenzie, tried to present his own side of the story, telling the Associated Press
I had no idea of Ross Barkley’s family background and nor did anybody else. For the mayor of Liverpool [Joe Anderson] and a handful of others to describe the article as racist is beyond parody.