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Burnley ‘ashamed and embarrassed’ by banner flown above Etihad Stadium during Man City game

Written by on June 23, 2020

Burnley are “ashamed and embarrassed” by a banner reading ‘White Lives Matter Burnley’ that was towed by an aeroplane over Etihad Stadium during Monday’s match against Manchester City.

The aircraft circled over the stadium just after kick-off in City’s 5-0 win.

Burnley and City players and staff had taken a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement moments earlier.

“Fans like that don’t deserve to be around football,” Clarets skipper Ben Mee told BBC Radio 5 Live.

Defender Mee added: “We’re ashamed, we’re embarrassed.

“It’s a minority of our supporters – I know I speak for a massive part of our support who distance ourselves from anything like that.

“It definitely had a massive impact on us to see that in the sky.

“We are embarrassed that our name was in it, that they tried to attach it to our club – it doesn’t belong anywhere near our club.”

In a statement, Burnley said that the banner “in no way represents” what the club stands for and that they will “work fully with the authorities to identify those responsible and take appropriate action”.

“Burnley strongly condemns the actions of those responsible for the aircraft and offensive banner,” the statement added.

“We wish to make it clear that those responsible are not welcome at Turf Moor.

“We apologise unreservedly to the Premier League, to Manchester City and to all those helping to promote Black Lives Matter.

“The club has a proud record of working with all genders, religions and faiths through its award-winning community scheme, and stands against racism of any kind.

“We are fully behind the Premier League’s Black Lives Matter initiative and, in line with all other Premier League games undertaken since Project Restart, our players and football staff willingly took the knee at kick-off at Manchester City.”

Both Burnley and City were wearing shirts with the players’ names replaced with ‘Black Lives Matter’.

(SOURCE : BBC)


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