Burnley condemns “White Lives Matter” banner over Etihad Stadium in Premier League match against Manchester City

Burnley condemns "White Lives Matter" banner over Etihad Stadium in Premier League match against Manchester City
Since the English Premier League resumed last week, all the players of the top 20 clubs have replaced their names with the message “Black Lives Matter” on the back of the jerseys.

“We want to make it clear that those responsible are not welcome in Turf Moor,” read Burnley’s statement.

“This is in no way what the Burnley Football Club stands for and we will work fully with the authorities to find those responsible and issue life bans.

“The club has a proud record of working with all genders, religions and faiths through an award-winning Community program, and opposes racism of any kind.

“We are completely behind the ‘Black Lives Matter’ initiative of the Premier League, and in line with all the other Premier League games undertaken since the launch of the Project, our players and football staff have willingly knelt at the start in Manchester City.”

“We unreservedly apologize to the Premier League, Manchester City and everyone who helps promote the ‘Black Lives Matter’.”

Manchester City won the game 5-0 to keep alive their hopes of retaining the Premier League title.

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“Shame and disgrace”

Monday’s game was the 12th Premier League game to be played after the season resumed after a coronavirus pandemic was called off.

In addition to supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, Premier League players take a knee after a referee blows a whistle to start matches.

“I’m ashamed and ashamed that a small number of our fans decided to skip that around the stadium,” Burnley defender Ben Mee told Sky Sports after the match.

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“These people have to come into the 21st century and get educated. They don’t represent what it’s about, it’s a club, they are players, and most fans are around.

“As we were going out we heard a whisper that it was going to happen. The club tried to stop it. I heard it was a small number that fixed it and I hope it doesn’t happen again. I don’t know.” I don’t want to associate that with my club. I don’t want to see that in the game. “

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