A Burnley FC fan who claimed on Monday that he flew the “White Lives Matter” banner over the Etihad Stadium in their game against Manchester City refused to apologize.
Just after the players knelt down as a part of the ongoing Black Lives Matter campaign, a plane carrying a banner reading ‘White Lives Matter Burnley’ flew over the Etihad Stadium.
Clarets fan Jake Hepple said on Facebook that he helped organize the banner and he has no intention of apologizing for it.
“I’d like to take this time to apologise… to absolutely f***ing nobody!”, he said in Facebook post which has now been deleted.
“It’s now apparently racist to say White Lives Matter, the day after three white people got murdered in a park in Reading, but all we’ve seen on the TV is Black Lives Matter after George Floyd got murdered. What a mad world we live in,” he added.
Burnley FC captain Ben Mee was furious with the banner and openly condemned the message written on it in his post-match interview.
“We as a group of players condemn it, we’re ashamed, we’re embarrassed”, the defender said.
He said that whoever flew that banner over the club’s match against Manchester City ‘need to come in the 21st Century.’
“It’s missed the point of the whole thing that we’re trying to achieve. It’s not what we are about at all. These people need to come into the 21st century and educate themselves,” Ben said.
“It definitely had a massive impact on us to see that in the sky. We were embarrassed, disappointed, upset. 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. Fans like that don’t deserve to be around football,” he added.
The person responsible for flying the plane over the Stadium is now under police investigation, and the Lancashire Constabulary’s East Division Football Unit also stated that they will be ‘fully investigating’ the incident.