'Burn that rag to the ground' - Liverpool fans react as two non-league clubs ban The Sun
By Danny Wright
Liverpool fans have taken to Twitter to express their support and gratitude to both Chester and Tranmere, who have both banned The Sun newspaper from operating at their clubs.
The news comes after Everton showed solidarity with their rivals last week when they black-listed the tabloid from working anywhere to do with the Toffees last Saturday.
Tranmere are based in Merseyside along with the two Premier League clubs, while Chester are slightly geographically further away from the area, they still have close bonds with the city and people of Liverpool.
Both of the non-league clubs have released statements on Thursday and Friday to clarify their stances on The Sun, who have smeared the reputation of those who live in Liverpool on multiple occasions.
The redtop doesn’t usually operate in the National League, but Tranmere have said on their official website that they “deplore the paper’s disgraceful reporting of the Hillsborough disaster” and have held a “de facto ban” against The Sun since 2015.
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They added that their ban is still active should the need for communication with The Sun arise.
A statement on Chester’s official website said that they are “in the privileged position of not having any dealings with the Sun Newspaper” before adding: “We fully support our friends at Liverpool and Everton in the stance that they have taken, and will reflect that position in any dealings we have in the future.”
Liverpool fans have taken to Twitter to give their thoughts on the ban and here is a selection of their tweets:
Well done Tranmere Rovers #dontbuythesun
— Darren Williamson ™ (@Daz2211) April 20, 2017
Well Done Chester!!! #YNWA
— Ryan Kent Fan (@karthik_jammy) April 21, 2017
Well played Chester. Let's hope many more follow suit. Burn that rag to the ground #dontbuythesun
— Mr Data (@Son_Of_Soong) April 21, 2017
Brilliant well done Chester ????????????
— Jane Rigby-Dobson (@DobsonJane) April 21, 2017
Respect…always been a top club ????????
— Dragon_Blood (@c3powen77) April 20, 2017
— Bina (@MidgetGemBina) April 20, 2017
Well done tranmere
— steve bic (@stevebic1) April 20, 2017
— Kim Eckerman (@Lfcontop11) April 20, 2017
Everton banned The Sun last week after awful comments made by Kelvin MacKenzie in which he compared Ross Barkley to an ape and slandered the people of Liverpool as a whole.
MacKenzie was the editor of the tabloid at the time of the Hillsborough disaster in 1989 when a front page spread went down in history for all the wrong reasons.
To this day the people of Liverpool have never forgiven the newspaper and it is rarely sold anywhere in the city.
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