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Burnley condemn ‘White Lives Matter’ banner flown over Manchester City match

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Burnley have said they “strongly” condemn those responsible for flying a “White Lives Matter” banner over their Premier League match with Manchester City.

The football club branded the banner “offensive” after it was towed by an aircraft above the Etihad Stadium on Monday evening.

The small plane trailing the words “White Lives Matter Burnley” flew over the pitch shortly after kick-off.

In a statement, Burnley said: “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.”

They added: “We apologise unreservedly to the Premier League, to Manchester City and to all those helping to promote Black Lives Matter.”

After the game, Burnley captain Ben Mee said he was “ashamed” and “embarrassed” by the stunt from a “small number of fans”.

Manchester City’s Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez scored two goals apiece as the hosts crushed a woeful Burnley 5-0 in the English Premier League (EPL) at The Etihad stadium on Monday.

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