Everton ban The Sun from Goodison Park & Finch Farm

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Everton have banned The Sun newspaper from their ground and training ground following controversy caused by Kelvin MacKenzie's column on midfielder Ross Barkley.

MacKenzie has now been suspended for the comments, amid calls from Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson for him to be sacked. In the column the former editor likened Barkley to a gorilla. MacKenzie says he had no idea that the Everton player's grandfather was from Nigeria.

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.

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.

– Everton FC statement
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