Burnley defend Ben Mee for slamming White Lives Matter banner flown over Etihad and vow to ban fans responsible for life – The Sun

BURNLEY have emphatically backed club captain Ben Mee after the 30-year-old slammed the idiots that flew a "White Lives Matter" banner over the Etihad prior to last night's match with Manchester City.

Mee delivered an impassioned condemnation of the incident after the match, revealing he and his team-mates were "embarrassed" and "ashamed".

And his club have echoed the same sentiment.

A joint-statement from chairman Mike Garlick and CEO Neil Hart read: "Burnley Football Club is opposed to any form of racism and discrimination of any kind.

"As custodians of the club, we stand firmly behind the statement condemning the message flown over the Etihad Stadium on Monday night and are fully in support of the words of club captain Ben Mee, delivered after the match.

"Black Lives Matter is a movement supported by all players in the Premier League and the league itself.

"While we naturally consider that all lives matter, let us be clear that the Black Lives Matter movement aims to overcome years of racial inequality against the BAME community and promote a greater fairness for all.

"We at Burnley therefore stand firmly behind it and oppose anything that may appear to undermine or challenge such a positive message."

And they also revealed that the culprits will be banned from Turf Moor for life.

The statement continued: "The club operates a zero-tolerance stance on discrimination of any form at Turf Moor and is increasingly issuing lifetime bans for supporters that incite racism and hatred.

"This punishment will also be meted out to those responsible for Monday’s regrettable incident."

Jake Hepple, who has previously been pictured with English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson, claimed he was involved in the stunt shortly after the 8pm kick-off – and showed zero remorse.

Writing on Facebook, the Lancashire local said: "I'd like to take this time to apologise .. to absolutely f***ing nobody!"

His employer, Paradigm Precision in Burnley, said today: "We are aware of the incident that took place and are currently investigating the conduct of our employee.

"Once we have completed our enquiries, we will release a full statement."

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