Kelvin Mackenzie

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Former Solar editor Kelvin Mackenzie is to depart the paper after making controversial feedback in a column about Everton footballer Ross Barkley.

He was suspended after evaluating the participant – who’s white, however has a Nigerian grandfather – to a gorilla.

The BBC’s media editor Amol Rajan mentioned: “Now we all know he is not going to be requested to contribute to the paper once more”.

A spokesman for The Solar mentioned Mr Mackenzie “remained suspended” however wouldn’t touch upon his departure.

In accordance with the Financial Times, the phrases of Mr Mackenzie’s exit are being negotiated.

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Ross Barkley’s grandfather was born in Nigeria

Within the article, Mr MacKenzie mentioned Mr Barkley’s eyes had given him a “related feeling when seeing a gorilla on the zoo”.

His eyes made him “sure not solely are the lights not on, there’s undoubtedly no one at residence”, he wrote.

Alongside the article, was a picture of a gorilla subsequent to an image of the midfielder.

The paper subsequently apologised for the article, printed on 14 April, saying it was unaware of Mr Barkley’s heritage.

The Solar’s subsequent apology mentioned that as quickly as Mr Barkley’s background was drawn to its consideration, the article was faraway from its web site.

The apology didn’t lengthen to different parts of the article, wherein Mr MacKenzie steered that the one folks in Liverpool who might earn as a lot as footballers had been drug sellers.

Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson had known as for Mr Mackenzie to be sacked over the column, describing it as a “racial slur” and a “shame”.

Mr Barkley’s legal professionals additionally made a proper grievance in regards to the piece.

On the time, Mr Mackenzie mentioned he was unaware Barkley had a Nigerian-born grandfather and denied the column was “racist”.

The Solar’s writer, Information UK, is a part of Information Corp, run by Rupert Murdoch.

Ofcom is currently examining an £11.7bn bid from 21st Century Fox, additionally run by Mr Murdoch, of broadcaster Sky, of which it already owns 39%.

The BBC’s media editor mentioned Mr Murdoch and the corporate hoped that by exhibiting they had been prepared to sack long-standing stars they may ship a sign to media regulator Ofcom that they’re match and correct to personal Sky outright.

Mr MacKenzie was editor of The Solar when it printed a front-page article blaming followers for the 1989 Hillsborough catastrophe wherein 96 folks died.

Mr Mackenzie has subsequently mentioned that he was “fully duped” and that he was a sufferer of a “black” operation to smear the followers and shield the police.