Sunday 18 February 2018

Stan Collymore and Ian Wright in pretty nasty Twitter spat over The Sun newspaper

Ian Wright and Stan Collymore
Ian Wright and Stan Collymore
Ian Wright hit back at Collymore over his work for The Sun
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Former England team-mates Stan Collymore and Ian Wright has been exchanging blows on Twitter as the row over Kevin MacKenzie's inflammatory article disparaging Everton midfielder Ross Barkley ignited.

Collymore has had a long running feud with The Sun and regularly uses his popular social media channels to direct his anger towards the newspaper that has not been shy in highlighting some of his more unfortunate moments down the years.

So when The Sun found itself plunged into fresh controversy over MacKenzie's opinion article that saw him suggest Barkley was lacking in intelligence as he took aim at the people of Liverpool on the eve of the latest anniversary of the Hillsborough disatser.

In his column on Friday, MacKenzie wrote: "Perhaps unfairly, I have always judged Ross Barkley as one of our dimmest footballers.

"There is something about the lack of reflection in his eyes which makes me 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. The physique is magnificent but it's the eyes that tell the story."

MacKenzie went to suggest that the only people in Liverpool who could earn the kind of money Barkley collects from Everton were drug dealers, with the ill-advised article leading to his suspension from the newspaper on Friday evening.

That inspired Collymore to tweet his delight at MacKenzie's demise on Twitter, as he suggested ex-players who work for The Sun should also step away from the paper in the light of the controversy.

That tweet brought a quick response from Sun columnist Wright, with the duo then taking part in one of those enthralling Twitter battles that are a delight to behold.

Here at the tweets in all their glory:

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