Burnley FC apologise after 'White Lives Matter' banner flown at match

Burnley FC apologise after ‘White Lives Matter’ banner is flown over their Premier League match against Manchester City moments after players take the knee for BLM

  • Burnley apologised and vowed to hand out lifetime bans to those responsible  
  • Private plane flew over Eithad stadium as players took a knee in support of BLM
  • Burnley FC say they are investigating who is responsible for the aerial message
  • Premier League players have shirts reading Black Lives Matter to support cause

Burnley FC has apologised and vowed to hand out lifetime bans after a plane carrying a banner reading ‘White Lives Matter Burnley’ was flown over the Eithad stadium ahead of the team’s match with Manchester City this evening. 

A private plane bearing the message flew over the stadium just moments after both Burnley and Manchester players took a knee to show their support for the Black Lives Matter movement. 

In addition to taking a knee before games, all Premier League players have worn the words Black Lives Matter on the back on their shirts and a logo on the sleeve of jerseys to show support for the movement. 

A plane carrying a banner reading ‘White Lives Matter Burnley’ was flown over the Eithad stadium ahead of the team’s match with Manchester this evening

Black Lives Matter protests erupted worldwide following the death of George Floyd, 46, who died after police officer Derek Chauvin held his knee on his neck for nine minutes, in Minneapolis, U.S., on May 25. 

Tonight’s aerial display reading ‘White LiveTonight’s aerial display reading ‘White Lives Matter Burnley’ appeared to mock the movement, which is fighting against racism.s Matter Burnley’ appeared to mock the movement, which is fighting against racism.

Burnley said in a statement: ‘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.

Tonight’s aerial display reading ‘White Lives Matter Burnley’ appeared to mock the movement, which is fighting against racism

Burnley manager Sean Dyche and staff take a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter campaign before the match

Referee Andre Marriner kneels in support of the Black Lives Matter campaign before the match between Manchester City and Burnley FC at Etihad Stadium on June 22, 2020

‘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.

Sergio Aguero of Manchester City takes a knee in support of Black Lives Matter

‘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.’ 

Social media users took to Twitter to share their outrage at the anti-Black Lives Matter display.

Sam Lee tweeted: ‘There’s a plane flying over the Etihad that says ‘White lives matter – Burnley’. F****** hell, what an absolute embarrassment. Absolute disgrace.’

While others questioned who owned the plane and if a company had agreed to fly the message. 

Aaron Brookes tweeted: ‘What plane company would take that order and go with it?’ 

Former Premier League striker Darren Bent tweeted in response to the plane’s message

Sam Lee tweeted: ‘There’s a plane flying over the Etihad that says ‘White lives matter – Burnley’. F****** hell, what an absolute embarrassment. Absolute disgrace’

Aaron Brookes tweeted: ‘What plane company would take that order and go with it?’

Its not yet known who is responsible for the banner, which is being investigated by Burnley Football Club.

Former Premier League striker Darren Bent tweeted in response to the plane’s message: ‘Strange considering Burnley have NO black players in their squad at all’.   

Players have been taking to their knees throughout the Premier League in a sign of support in the fight against inequality and injustice which was adopted by sports stars in 2016 after NFL player Colin Kaepernick knelt during the U.S. national anthem.

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