“one of our dimmest footballers…..thick. His eyes make it certain not only are the lights not on, there is definitely nobody at home. I get a similar feeling when seeing a gorilla at the zoo.
Men with similar pay packets in Liverpool are drug dealers and in prison.”
Mackenzie was in charge of the Murdoch rag when it published a front-page article headlined ‘Hillsborough: The Truth’ after the horrendous events of the 1989 disaster at Sheffield Wednesday’s home stadium. He said Liverpool fans were to blame for the tragedy, in which 96 people died. He remained defiant before finally apologising in 2012.
The Hillsborough inquests proved that 96 fans were unlawfully killed and that Liverpool supporters :
“HAD PLAYED NO ROLE IN CAUSING THE TRAGEDY.”
This Saturday, 15 April, marks the 28th anniversary of the disaster. The Sun’s coverage and refusal to retract meant they lost the red half of Liverpool. now they have lost the Blue half, too. One city, united against Rupert Murdoch and his cronies.
Former Everton player Joey Barton:
“Those comments about Ross Barkley, a young working-class lad, are disgusting. Then add in the fact he is mixed race! It becomes outrageous.”
Football’s equality and inclusion organisation Kick It Out:
“WE HAVE RECEIVED COMPLAINTS ABOUT THE INSULTING AND OFFENSIVE COMMENTS. WE WILL BE CONTACTING EVERTON AND THE PFA ABOUT THEIR RESPONSES IN PROVIDING SUPPORT TO ROSS AND HIS FAMILY.”
Former Liverpool striker Stan Collymore:
“IMPLIED RACISM AT ITS FINEST.”
The Sun article was published next to pictures of Barkley and an ape with the question:
“Could Everton’s Ross Barkley represent the missing link between man and beast?” Outraged Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson said the article was an offence and reported it to the police as a “racial slur”. He later tweeted to say he had given a statement to Merseyside Police & Independent Press Standards Organisation.
“Not only is it racist in a sense that he is of mixed-race descent, equally it’s a racial stereotype of Liverpool. It is racist and prehistoric.”
The Sun newspaper is one of the low points in English speaking history. We eagerly await the day when it goes the way of The News Of The World, that other filthy Murdoch rag and is shut down in the name of Justice.