Banner, flown over Etihad stadium, condemned
Ben Mee, Burnley’s captain, says he is ‘ashamed’ and ‘embarrassed’
During the first half of the Manchester City Vs Burnley match on Monday, a banner was flown across the Etihad stadium on a plane with ‘White lives matter Burnley’ written across it. Unfortunately, though, it is unknown who was flying the plane or who had commissioned the banner.
Burnley’s captain, Ben Mee, said in a statement,
“I am ashamed and embarrassed that a small number of our fans have decided to put that around the stadium… They have completely missed the point. The team is embarrassed to see that. It is not what we are about. They have completely missed the point of the issue and what we are trying to achieve”.
Mee continued to say that it does not represent what the club, the players, the majority of fans are about. The captain stated that the club tried to stop it when they heard whispers of it happening; it was only a small amount of people who had arranged it.
The club condemns the fans’ actions and hopes it never happens again. Mee hopes those people can learn about what the Black Lives Matter movement is trying to achieve.
In his statement he went on to say,
“We want equality in society and football, whether that be in terms of race, religion, gender, or the LGBTQ+ community. The players all want to make a stand against these things and make a stand for the minorities”.
After the game, Micah Richards said that he simply has no idea why the people behind this thought it was necessary. Richards added, “It goes deeper than just the plane, id like to get deeper to the root of the problem and make real change, because today that was absolutely disgusting”.
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