Premier League 2019-20: A banner studying ‘White Lives Matter Burnley’ was seen shortly after gamers took a knee in solidarity with Black Lives Matter motion.
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- Last Updated: June 23, 2020, 9:52 AM IST
Burnley captain Ben Mee advised followers who flew a “White Lives Matter” banner above the Etihad Stadium at the beginning of a 5-Zero defeat by Manchester City on Monday “to come into the 21st century”.
The banner studying “White lives matter Burnley” was seen shortly after all gamers and match officers had taken a knee in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter motion.
“The aeroplane that went out at the beginning of the game, I am ashamed, I’m embarrassed, that a small number of our fans have decided to put that around the stadium,” stated Mee.
“It completely missed the point. The group of lads in there are embarrassed to see that and not what we are about at all.
“It missed the purpose of the entire thing of what we try to realize. These individuals want to come back into the 21st century and educate themselves as so much of us do. I’m actually upset that occurred.”
Burnley also issued a statement at half-time saying those responsible for the aircraft would be handed lifetime bans from the club.
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“We want to make it clear that these accountable will not be welcome at Turf Moor,” Burnley said. “This, by no means, represents what Burnley Football Club stands for and we are going to work totally with the authorities to establish these accountable and take applicable motion.
“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 these serving to to advertise Black Lives Matter.”
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Black Lives Matter have been printed on the again of shirts quite than gamers’ names for the primary 12 video games of the Premier League’s return.
The gesture comes following the dying of black American George Floyd by the hands of police final month, which sparked protests around the globe and led to sportspeople displaying solidarity with these demonstrations.