By Danny Wright

14th Apr, 2017 | 6:36pm

Stan Collymore goes on epic Twitter rant in support of Everton star

By Danny Wright

Stan Collymore has launched a stinging attack on The Sun after seemingly racist remarks in a Kelvin MacKenzie column were aimed at Everton star Ross Barkley.

The ex-Liverpool player has slammed the controversial newspaper for putting a picture of Barkley next to a gorilla, asking if he could “represent the missing link between man and beast.”

The Sun, which is hated on Merseyside and currently banned from entering Anfield after their despicable Hillsborough claims, have deleted the picture – but Collymore was one step ahead and print-screened the evidence.

Kelvin MacKenzie wrote the column. He was the editor of The Sun when the lies about the Hillsborough disaster were made.

The deleted article was quoted by the BBC as saying Barkley is “one of our dimmest footballers” and that his eyes make Mackenzie “certain not only are the lights not on, there is definitely nobody at home”, before adding: “I get a similar feeling when seeing a gorilla at the zoo.”

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Collymore went on an epic rant on his personal Twitter account, where he urged Everton to follow their Merseyside rivals in banning the tabloid. He also asked Ian Wright to stand up and be counted – Wright currently writes for the paper.

The mayor of Liverpool has reported the paper for what he believes to be a ‘racist slur’.

Joe Anderson, speaking on his personal Twitter page, has said that he has lodged a complaint to the Press Complaints Commission and the Merseyside Police about the matter.

Barkley was recently involved in an unprovoked nightclub attack and is also dealing with a lot of pressure from his manager Ronald Koeman to sign a new contract at Goodison Park.

The Telegraph have reported that the 23-year-old England international has been offered a £100,00-a-week deal.

In other Everton news, Mark Lawrenson predicts this weekend’s clash with Burnley.

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