Burnley football club has apologised and vowed to hand out lifetime bans after...Football hooliganism? Nah. This is 2020. Remember?
The year everyone lost their minds.
...a plane carrying a banner reading 'White Lives Matter Burnley' was flown over the Etihad stadium ahead of the team's match with Manchester City this evening.Just imagine that being a 'disgraceful thing'. In the UK. Just a day after a Libyan 'refugee' repaid our generosity by murdering three people...
As the organiser is quick to point out:
Jake Hepple, a Burnley local, has claimed responsibility for the stunt sharing a video of the plane to his Facebook along with a refusal to apologise.
Hepple wrote: 'I'd like to take this time to apologise .. TO ABSOLUTELY F****** NOBODY!
'It's now apparently racist to say white lives matter (the day after three white people got murdered in a park in Reading, but all we've seen on the TV is black lives matter after George Floyd got murdered) what a mad world we live in.'Is he wrong? I don't believe so. And I very much doubt everyone agrees with the club who are so quick to abase themselves, either.
The stunt has led to outrage and has been widely condemned, with Burnley captain Ben Mee saying he was 'shamed and embarrassed'. Speaking after the match, which his side lost 5-0...I'm no football expert, but maybe that's a sign you should have trained harder at getting the ball in the net, rather than indulging in virtuesignalling gestures to appease a mob?
...he said that the Burnley players had heard 'whispers' that something may have been planned.
He said: 'I am ashamed and embarrassed that a small number of our fans have decided to fly that around the stadium. It is not what we are about. They have missed what we are trying to achieve.'What, exactly, are you trying to achieve? I know footballers aren't generally reckoned to be smart, but you seem utterly unable to articulate it..
'These people need to come into the 21st century and educate themselves. They don't represent what we are about, the club is about, the players are about and the majority of fans are about.
'I've heard it is a small number that have arranged this and I hope it doesn't happen again. I don't want to associate it with my club. I don't want to see this in the game. 'It is not right. We totally condemn it. These people can learn and be taught what Black Lives Matter is trying to achieve.'All that's missing is: '...or else!' Do you think he even really knows what this movement is trying to achieve, or how his lifestyle would change if they ever achieved it?
Burnley Police tweeted: 'We are aware who was involved, so are the club!! Thank you for reporting! This will be dealt with ASAP!'I hope the pilot's paperwork is in order, because does anyone doubt for one second that the police will devote considerable manpower and resources - far more than they will expend on any other crime in Burnley - to trying to nail him for something?
And if that's not exactly the definition of a 'mad world', I'd like to know what is...