Burnley skipper Ben Mee slams 'small minority' who caused shame and embarrassment!

Burnley captain Ben Mee has rebuked the actions of a 'small minority' of supporters who brought shame and embarrassment on the football club.

Monday, 22nd June 2020, 11:11 pm
Updated Monday, 22nd June 2020, 11:14 pm
Ben Mee of Burnley reacts after the Premier League match between Manchester City and Burnley FC at Etihad Stadium on June 22, 2020 in Manchester, England. Football stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Martin Rickett/Pool via Getty Images)

The 30-year-old centre back spoke out following the 5-0 defeat against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium in an attempt to distance the club, and everybody associated with it, from an offensive banner that was on show before kick off.

Just moments after both sides took a knee in solidarity for the Black Lives Matter movement, a message reading 'White Lives Matter Burnley', which was attached to a plane, was flown into view .

Burnley Football Club reacted immediately when posting a strong-worded statement, promising life bans for those responsible for the aircraft.

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And Mee followed suit, condemning the behaviour of those involved. He said: "We can talk about football, but there's something that I want to talk about first.

"With the aeroplane that went off before the game I'm ashamed, I'm embarrassed that a small number of our fans have decided to put that around the stadium.

"They've completely missed the point and the group of lads in there are embarrassed to see that.

"It's not what we're about at all and they've missed the whole point of what we're trying to achieve.

"I think these people need to come into the 21st century and educate themselves, as a lot of us do. It does not represent what we're about, what the club is about, what the players are about and what the majority of fans are about.

"It's a small minority of people and I'm really upset that it has happened. We want equality in society and in football in everything, whether that be race, religion, gender, the LGBTQ community and we want to make a stand against these things."