Everton Football Club have banned The Sun from, “all areas of the club’s operation” today. In an announcement to the media the club stated:
“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.”
The banning of the newspaper comes as a result of recent outrageous comments form the paper regarding Ross Barkley which were both libellous and racist. Comparing Barkley to an ape Kelvin Mac Kenzie has since been suspended although many would argue his hate filled article should not have made it past the editorial process.
The banning is overdue for many as Everton follow the lead of Liverpool who had banned the newspaper months before. The circulation of the paper is virtually non existent in Merseyside anyway, with most individuals refusing to buy and many refusing to stock it after the hateful lies spread following Hillsborough. As always, you can rely on Everton to do the right thing when the city is attacked and act with dignity throughout.
On a day poignant to all on Merseyside and in the wider footballing World, the timing could not be any better to exclude a media outlet that seems intent on ensuring the lifelong hatred of Evertonians and Liverpudlians alike.
Justice for the 96