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Police launch investigation into ‘White Lives Matter’ banner flown throughout Man City v Burnley

Lancashire Police have stated they’re making full enquiries to make an evaluation over whether or not a legal offence has been dedicated after a banner with the message ‘White Lives Matter’ was flown over Manchester City’s sport with Burnley on Monday.

A Burnley supporter has taken accountability for the banner and has refused to apologise for his actions.

But it isn’t but clear whether or not he’ll face legal motion after an announcement launched by Chief Supt Russ Procter learn: “We are making full enquiries to establish the full circumstances surrounding this incident and we will then be in a position to make an assessment as to whether any criminal offences have taken place.

The banner was flown over Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium

“We recognise that this banner will have caused offence to many people in Lancashire and beyond and we continue to liase closely with our partners at both the club and in the local authority.”

Burnley supporter Jake Hepple has claimed accountability for the banner and shared a video of the incident on his Facebook web page.

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.”

His Facebook account, which also featured an archive selfie with English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson, has since disappeared.

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Meanwhile plenty of Burnley gamers have expressed their disappointment with the banner, with striker Jay Rodriguez telling BBC Radio 5 Live after the sport: “We as a group of players condemn it, we’re ashamed, we’re embarrassed.

“It undoubtedly had an enormous affect on us to see that within the sky. We have been embarrassed, disenchanted, upset. We are embarrassed that our title was 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.”

An announcement from Burnley added: “Burnley strongly condemns actions of those responsible for aircraft and offensive banner. We apologise unreservedly to the Premier League, Manchester City and all those helping to promote Black Lives Matter.”

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