Burnley captain Ben Mee has said club fans behind the ‘White Lives Matter’ message at the Etihad Stadium completely missed the point and need education.
Before The Clarets were beaten 5-0 by their hosts, Manchester City on Monday, a plan conveying a message ‘White Lives Matter – Burnley’ was seen above the above the stadium just at the moment the players took to their knees in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Although, Burnley denied involvement in the charade and promised to find and punish the small group of fans behind the banner.
Ben Mee in his capacity as the club captain also voiced his displeasure at the incident saying the fans behind the banner needs to be educated as they completely missed the point behind the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement.
‘ashamed’ and ’embarrassed’ of supporters for the message.
‘We can talk about football but there’s something I want to talk about first,’ said Mee.
‘The plane that went out before the beginning of the game, I’m ashamed and embarrassed of a small number of our fans have decided to put that round the stadium. They’ve completely missed the point.
‘[There’s a] Group of lads in there are embarrassed to see that. It’s not what we’re about at all. They’ve missed the whole point of what we’re trying to do and trying to achieve. I think these people need to come into the 21st Century and to educate themselves – like a lot of us do.
‘Like I say they’ve completely missed the point of what we’re trying to achieve. It does not represent what we’re about, what the club is about, what the players are about and what the majority of the fans are about for sure. It’s a small minority of people and I’m really upset that it happened.
‘Literally as we were coming out we heard some whispers that it was going to happen. The club tried to stop it. I’ve heard it’s a small no of people that arranged this and I hope it doesn’t happen again. I’m ashamed and upset that it’s associated with my club. It’s not something we want to see in this game.’