Burnley condemn 'White Lives Matter Burnley' banner


Burnley condemn 'White Lives Matter Burnley' banner

Burnley have strictly condemned the banner that flew over the Etihad Stadium during Monday night's Premier League game against Manchester City, reading 'White Lives Matter Burnley'.


The banner was flown almost exactly after both sets of players and match officials took a knee to support the Black Lives Matter movement.


The act of kneeling down has been present throughout all of the Premier League games played during the week.


So far, there have been no indications as to who organised the plane and the banner, with Burnley releasing a statement directly after the incident to state that they would be working on issuing lifetime bans from Turf Moor for those that were responsible for the plane.


The statement read that "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."


Adding to this, the club also stated that "those responsible are not welcome at Turf Moor".


The club also said that "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."


To close off their statement, the club voiced its support towards all genders, religion, races and faiths, and stated that they "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."


The club also apologised to the Premier League, Manchester City, and everyone working hard to promote the Black Lives Matter movement.


The Premier League has proved to be a very willing supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement, with players taking the knee before games, the words 'Black Lives Matter' being on the back of players' shirts instead of their names for the first 12 matches after the restart, and a Black Lives Matter logo being present on club shirts for the rest of the season.