Burnley Football Club apologized for the plane flown above the Etihad Stadium carrying a “White Lives Matter Burnley” banner on Monday.
The plane appeared moments after players from both Burnley and Manchester City, including Clarets captain Ben Mee, took a knee in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.
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Mee was one of several players to point out the banner to officials during the game, and said there was some indication something may happen before the game.
He was fuming after the match.
“I’m ashamed. I’m embarrassed that a small number of fans have decided to put that around the stadium. They completely missed the point of what we’re trying to achieve. These people need to come into the 21st century and educate themselves.”
“It’s not right. I totally condemn it. I’m embarrassed and this misses the point.”
🗣" We can talk about footbal but There's something I want to talk about first, I'm ashamed, I'm embarrassed that a small group of our fans have put that around the stadium"
Ben Mee on the White Lives Matter banner that flew over the Etihad tonight pic.twitter.com/x6RyjGUZZX
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) June 22, 2020
Mee went even further when pressed on how he felt seeing the banner so soon after he and his peers had taken a knee.
“You hear the plane above. The lads came together and said this is what we want. We want equality in everything whether it be race, religion, gender, the LGBTQ community. The players want to take a stand.”
Man City boss Pep Guardiola was very angry and offered strong words after the game.
“Everybody knows that white lives matter. They need to be convinced that black lives matter, too.”Follow @NicholasMendola