Burnley slam 'offensive' White Lives Matter banner
Premier League club Burnley made their feelings clear after an "offensive" banner bearing their name was flown over the Etihad Stadium.
Burnley have condemned the appearance of a plane flying a banner that read "White Lives Matter Burnley" over the Etihad Stadium at the start of Monday's Premier League match against Manchester City.
Teams take a knee at the Etihad, plane appears
Shortly after players from both sides took a knee to show support for the Black Lives Matter movement – a feature of every Premier League game since it returned from its coronavirus hiatus last week – the aircraft was spotted in the skies above City's home ground.
In a club statement, Burnley said those responsible for the stunt were "not welcome" at Turf Moor and reaffirmed their support for Black Lives Matter.
"Burnley Football Club strongly condemns the actions of those responsible for the aircraft and offensive banner that flew over the Etihad Stadium on Monday evening," the statement read.
"We wish to make it clear that those responsible are not welcome at Turf Moor.
"This, in no way, represents what Burnley Football Club stands for and we will work fully with the authorities to identify those responsible and issue lifetime bans.
"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.
"We apologise unreservedly to the Premier League, to Manchester City and to all those helping to promote Black Lives Matter."
Burnley captain Ben Mee said he was "ashamed and embarrassed" by the plane and said that the people who had done it "had missed the point" of what the club and players are trying to achieve.
🗣" We can talk about footbal but There's something I want to talk about first, I'm ashamed, I'm embarrassed that a small group of our fans have put that around the stadium"— Football Daily (@footballdaily) June 22, 2020
Ben Mee on the White Lives Matter banner that flew over the Etihad tonight pic.twitter.com/x6RyjGUZZX
City stroll to 5-0 win
City ran out 5-0 winners, Riyad Mahrez netting twice with Phil Foden opening the scoring and also securing a brace. David Silva got the other goal. City have ensured Liverpool cannot win the title against Crystal Palace on Tuesday night.
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