A plane hoarding a banner reading “White Lives Matter Burnley” was seen circling over the Etihad during Manchester City’s clash with Burnley.
The Black Lives Matter campaign has been a significant part of the Premier League since its restart. The players have been sporting special jerseys and also been taking a knee along with the officials and the coaching staff before commencing play.
All of the efforts were tainted yesterday with the emergence of the banner carrying plane which forced Burnley to come up with a statement after getting ruthlessly thrashed at the hands of the defending champions. The statement read:
“Burnley strongly condemns the actions of those responsible for the aircraft and offensive banner,”
“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.
Moreover, after the clash Clarets’ skipper, Ben Mee also addressed the incident and claimed that such fans don’t deserve to be around the noble sport of football. He said:
“Fans like that don’t deserve to be around football,” 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.”
Burnley’s return to competitive action turned out to be a one-sided affair as Manchester City thumped five goals past them with youngster Phil Foden and winger Riyad Mahrez grabbing two each.
The Clarets are slated to face Watford next at Turf Moor, hoping that the incident would not occur again.