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Amazon defends selling Derby football hooligan book full of racist slurs

Amazon has defended selling a book about a Derby football hooligan, which is full of offensive and racist slurs.

The text, "Hatchet Harry" , is currently on sale in paperback and electronically.

It follows the life of Harry, a Derby-born thug who travelled around in the 1970s and 1980s beating up fans of rival football teams.

It is unclear if the book is fictional or autobiographical, but it contains numerous disgusting slurs aimed at black people, Asians and foreigners.

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In just the first paragraph it reads: "For this reason, we didn't like n****rs, p**is or any of the other foreign scum that the government were letting into the country."

Derbyshire Live approached Amazon, asking how it justifies selling such a book.

The company said it is mindful of censorship, and removes products that don't adhere to its guidelines.

Those guidelines can be found here.

The book has a score of one star out of five on the Amazon website.

It has only had four reviews, but they unanimously criticise the book.

Dennis Johnson wrote: "Dreadful read. Complete fantasy."

Mustafa Watch said: "Don’t just take with a pinch of salt, more like a bucketful. A Derby fan."

And a user called Paolo put: "Poorly written twaddle. One of the worst, most ridiculous books of this genre I've read."

An Amazon spokesperson said: "As a bookseller, we believe that providing access to the written word is important.

"We are mindful of the global history of censorship and do not take such decisions lightly.

"Our store maintains content guidelines, which address content that is illegal or infringing.

"We remove products that do not adhere to our guidelines and when a concern is raised we promptly investigate it.”

Derbyshire Live also attempted to get in touch with the author through Amazon, but no response was given.

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