A mum of a football fan who flew an airplane carrying a banner which read ‘White Lives Matter’ over a soccer stadium has voiced her shame.
Jake Hepple, a Burnley supporter, claimed responsibility for the mindless stunt, which sparked a flurry of reaction earlier this week.
The Clarets went down 5-0 to Manchester City when the plane carrying the message was flown over Pep Guardiola’s side’s stadium on Monday.
The match was played out at the Etihad Stadium and caused fury among the watching public, with Sky Sports airing the fixture live.
Burnley captain Ben Mee condemned the actions of Hepple, while Daily Mail claim Mark Hamer was also among the organisers.
Hamer’s dad George claims his son’s behaviour has left his wife unable to go to work due to the backlash.
The 66-year-old said: “It’s not good. It wasn’t great for her before this. I didn’t have anything to do with this.”
Hamer, 36, was among those who organised the banner, according to media reports.
Lancashire Police probed the incident and revealed, after an investigation, it did not believe any crime had been committed.
Burnley FC condemned the incident, tweeting an apology swiftly and denouncing the flying of the banner.
Mee, looking emotional, gave an interview to Sky after the final whistle in which he voiced his embarassment.
Manager Sean Dyche condemned the stunt and insisted it did not represent the club.