Captain Burnley Ben Mee said he was humiliated on Monday night after a disgusting banner flew over the Etihad Stadium during the 5-0 thrashing of Manchester City. A plane bearing the sign ‘Black lives matter to Burnley’ flew over the ground in the early stages of the Team’s first Premier League game since the opposition restarted.
It came only minutes after the two players on the side of the Black Lives Matter development took the knee at kick-off. The club released an emphatic statement before the finish of the game, and Mee in this way voiced his frustration and thought it had affected the squad ‘s performance.
Mee told BBC Radio 5 Live: “We are denouncing it as a gathering of players, we are ashamed, we are embarrassed. To see that in the sky had a massive impact on us. We were embarrassed, disappointed, upset. We are embarrassed that our name was in it.
“That they were attempting to attach it to our club. It’s anything but a part of our club anywhere. These sorts of fans don’t have the right to associate with football.”
Clarets manager Sean Dyche, who didn’t see the plane at the time, was also disappointed by the episode.
Dyche said: “We can just apologize as a club. This is intolerable.”
The club statement added that the Turf Moor wrongdoers were not welcome, and would be suspended forever whenever found.
It reads: “This is not the slightest bit what Burnley Football Club stands for. It was a chastening night on the field for Burnley, who has been weakened by wounds and the absence of certain players whose contracts are set to lapse one week from now.
Dyche has communicated his dissatisfaction with the contract situation.
He said: “We ‘re fit as a fiddle. We ‘re a club that’s been operating admirably throughout the years, financially, and we’ve had the option to get past this time with no inquiries. Yet, they have to make decisions. I can just advise what I did yet the chairman took various choices.
Dyche yielded City had outplayed his side.