Burnley banner disgrace?

The football was marred by a plane banner


White Lives Matter banner should not be ignored – football must continue to reject racism

The plane incident at Manchester City vs Burnley on Monday night should not be ignored, or dismissed as giving oxygen to the ignorant. It should be placed in its correct context, and fully condemned.

This is genuinely a landmark political moment for the game.

Stand back and consider it: A far-right statement was flown over a Premier League football stadium. This, frankly, is shocking. The fact Burnley were so admirably quick in condemning it only emphasises that.

It genuinely isn’t too far removed from Lazio ultras printing stickers of Anne Frank. In that regard, it’s impossible not to wonder what the discussion would be if supporters from Italy, Bulgaria or Hungary—or any other country that has recently seen racist incidents in football—had been responsible.

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The "White Lives Matter" banner was a disgrace rightly condemned by football

By Joe Harker

As far as 5-0 victories in football go Manchester City's win against Burnley was one of the least entertaining.

The match was practically a foregone conclusion, three of City's last five games against Burnley ended 5-0 in their favour, and the game often struggled to get above the pace of walking football.

The game is more likely to be remembered for a plane flying a banner above the game which read "White Lives Matter - Burnley".

The Claim:

It's a disgrace that a far right slogan was flown above a Premier League game and an overt display of racism which would not look out of place in leagues where blatant racism and extreme views are more prevalent.

Miguel Delaney of The Independent writes that the banner represents a "landmark political moment" for football.

It serves as a reminder that although English football likes to see itself as a less racist place compared to the likes of Italy we are not free from people with views so extreme that they will spend the time and effort to make a banner and fly it over a stadium.

The Premier League has embraced the Black Lives Matter movement, every player has it on the back of their shirt in place of their surname and there have been huge shows of solidarity as players have taken the knee in unison before matches.

After the match Burnley players and manager Sean Dyche condemned the banner and the people who made it, disassociating themselves with the so called fans who profess to support their club.

Burnley captain Ben Mee said he felt "ashamed and embarrassed" at the banner being flown over the Etihad stadium and linking the club to the White Lives Matter slogan.

Mee said: "It's missed the whole point of what we're trying to achieve and these people need to come into the 21st century and educate themselves as a lot of us do.

"It doesn't represent what we're about, what the club is about, what the players are about and what the majority of the fans are about. It's a small minority of people and I'm really upset that it happened."

The Facts:

When people say Black Lives Matter they are not asserting that the lives of people with other ethnicities don't matter. They are not saying "we matter, you don't".

People say Black Lives Matter because the discrimination, unfair treatment and outright racism many black people encounter in their lives means they have reached a point where they feel the need to stand up and assert that their lives matter just as much as the lives of anyone else.

Burnley were quick to release a club statement which 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 issue lifetime bans.

"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."

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The Guardian

Burnley's Ben Mee ashamed of 'White Lives Matter’ banner flown over Etihad

Burnley’s captain, Ben Mee, said he felt ashamed and embarrassed of supporters who organised a banner displaying the words “White Lives Matter Burnley” to be flown over the Etihad Stadium on Monday. Burnley have vowed to issue lifetime bans to those responsible for the offensive stunt.

The plane flew over Manchester City’s stadium shortly after the players, coaching staff and match officials had taken the knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Burnley swiftly issued a statement that apologised “unreservedly to the Premier League, to Manchester City and to all those helping to promote Black Lives Matter”.

After the game, which ended in a comprehensive 5-0 victory for City, Mee delivered his own powerful condemnation. In an interview with Sky the defender said: “I’m ashamed and embarrassed that a small number of our fans have decided to put that around the stadium. There are a group of lads that are in there embarrassed to see that. It’s missed the whole point of what we’re trying to achieve and these people need to come into the 21st century and educate themselves as a lot of us do.

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