Following his suspension, MacKenzie, 70, said: “I had no idea of Ross Barkley’s family background and nor did anybody else. For the mayor of Liverpool and a handful of others to describe the article as racist is beyond parody.”
A News UK spokesman, confirming MacKenzie’s suspension, said the company found the views of people from Liverpool expressed by MacKenzie “wrong” and “unfunny”.
He added: “The Sun apologises for the offence caused. The paper was unaware of Ross Barkley’s heritage and there was never any slur intended.
“Mr Mackenzie is currently on holiday and the matter will be fully investigated on his return.”
In a statement outlining the club’s reasons for banning The Sun newspaper, Everton FC said: “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.
Mayor of Liverpool calls on News UK to sack Sun columnist Kelvin MacKenzie as row grows over ‘racist’ Ross Barkley … – Telegraph.co.uk