Burnley condemn 'White Lives Matter' banner flown over Manchester City match The Premier League club brands the banner "offensive" after it is towed by an aircraft above the Etihad Stadium on Monday evening.
Burnley have said they "strongly" condemn those responsible for flying a "White Lives Matter" banner over their Premier League match with Manchester City. The football club branded the banner "offensive" after it was towed by an aircraft above the Etihad Stadium on Monday evening. The small plane trailing the words "White Lives Matter Burnley" flew over the pitch shortly after kick-off.
In a statement, Burnley said: "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." They added: "We apologise unreservedly to the Premier League, to Manchester City and to all those helping to promote Black Lives Matter." After the game, Burnley captain Ben Mee said he was "ashamed" and "embarrassed" by the stunt from a "small number of fans".
"It's completely missed the point", he told Sky Sports. "These people need to come into the 21st century and educate themselves.... I'm really upset that happened." Former Manchester City player and Sky Sports pundit Micah Richards said the banner was "so disheartening". "After how far we've come in this last couple of weeks, it really does hurt me," he said. "Just at a time when things looked on the up, you've always got a small fraction - it's not everyone - who just want to spoil things. But I don't want to make a massive thing of that when we've got something so positive going on." Burnley's players and coaching staff had joined Manchester City in taking a knee as their match kicked off, becoming the 20th Premier League club to show support for the Black Lives Matter movement.