Burnley skipper Ben Mee: ‘We’re ashamed and embarrassed by plane stunt’

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Phil Foden and Rihad Mahrez each netted a brace as Manchester City hammered the Clarets.

Burnley captain Ben Mee confessed he was ashamed after an offending banner was flown over the Etihad Arena during the team’s 5-0 knocking by Manchester City on Monday night.

A plane bring the message ‘White lives matter Burnley’ flew over the ground in the early phases of the team’s first Premier League getaway considering that the competition’s reboot.

It happened simply minutes after all players had actually taken the knee in assistance of the Black Lives Matter movement at kick-off.

Ben Mee, centre, was embarrassed by the plane stunt (PA)

The club provided a highly worded declaration prior to completion of the game and Mee exposed his shame later on and felt it had actually impacted the team’s efficiency.

“We as a group of players condemn it, we’re ashamed, we’re embarrassed,” Mee informed BBC Radio 5 Live.

” It certainly had actually a had enormous effect on us to see that in the sky. We were embarrassed, dissatisfied, upset. We are embarrassed that our name remained in it.

“That they tried to attach it to our club. It doesn’t belong anywhere near our club. Fans like that don’t deserve to be around football.”

RESPONSE|”It’s clearly unacceptable.”

Sean Dyche, the players and Burnley Football Club highly condemn the actions of those accountable for the airplane and offending banner that flew over The Etihad Arena this night.

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Clarets manager Sean Dyche, who did not see the plane at the time, was likewise dissatisfied about the event.

Dyche stated: “As a club we can only apologise. It is unacceptable.”

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The club declaration added the wrongdoers were not invite at Grass Moor and would be prohibited for life.

“This, in no way, represents what Burnley Football Club stands for,” it checked out.

On the field it was a chastening night for Burnley, who were compromised by injuries and the lack of a variety of players whose agreements are because of end next week.

The impressive Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez both scored two times for City while David Silva likewise struck.

Dyche hinted that the contract situation was an aggravation for him.

“We are in incredible financial shape,” he stated. “We are a club that has actually been run very well, financially, down the years and that has actually enabled us to come through this duration without concerns.

“But decisions have to be made. I can only advise, which I have done, but the chairman has made different decisions.”

Dyche yielded his team were beat by City.

He stated: “They’re top class. Some people suggest they have not been as strong this season but they have still got top-class players. It was always going to be a big ask.”

The big disadvantage for City included the loss of record goalscorer Sergio Aguero with a reoccurrence of a knee injury right before half- time.

Manager Pep Guardiola now fears the Argentinian might miss out on the rest of the season.

“It doesn’t look good unfortunately. He was struggling for the last month with a problem in the knee,” Guardiola stated.

“We will see tomorrow exactly what he has but it doesn’t look good for the season.”

Guardiola was pleased with the efficiency of his side.

He stated: “We played really well – a solid performance, especially in the beginning. The first goal and second helped us a lot.”

Inquired about the banner event, Guardiola stated: “Naturally white lives matter– however the black lives matter too. People matter, everybody.

“I have travelled a lot around the world and lived in many countries. Everyone one of us, we are all the same.”

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