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"Ashamed and upset" Ben Mee details Burnley's efforts to stop White Lives Matter plane

Published on 2020-06-23 by admin

Burnley's Ben Mee says he's "ashamed and upset" after a White Lives Matter banner was flown over the Etihad.

The Clarets defender slammed the fans responsible for the banner, saying the Burnley dressing room is "embarrassed" by the disrespectful stunt, which took place during their match with Manchester City.

Mee said on Sky Sports: "I'm ashamed and embarrassed that a small number of our hands have decided to fly that around the stadium.

"They have completed the point. There's a group of lads in there that is embarrassed to see that, they've missed the point of the whole thing we are trying to achieve and these people need to come into the 21st century and educate themselves.

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"It does not represent what the club is about, what the players are about and what the a majority of the fans are about, that's for sure. It's a small minority of people and I'm really upset that happened."

On when he became aware of the plane, he added: "Literally as we were coming out, we heard some whispers that it might happen, the club were trying to stop it. I hope it doesn't happen again. We are ashamed and upset."

Burnley were quick to condemn the stunt, which occurred shortly after players from both teams took a knee for the Black Lives Matter movement.

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The statement read: "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.

"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 take appropriate action.

"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.

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"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."

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