Dyche says 'White Lives Matter' plane stunt does not represent Burnley

‘It’s harsh on the town’: Sean Dyche says sick ‘White Lives Matter’ plane banner stunt does not represent Burnley as a whole as he promises it will ‘enhance’ the work the club do in the community

  • Sean Dyche revealed that many players had wanted to speak out over banner
  • Dyche decided that he and captain Ben Mee should be spokesmen for them all
  • Manager insists ‘White Lives Matter Burnley’ stunt should not reflect on Burnley

Sean Dyche has reiterated his club’s disgust for the organisers of a ‘White Lives Matter Burnley’ stunt, insisting that the controversy must not reflect on the town or the club.

The Burnley manager, whose club have declared they will drum out the perpetrators, revealed that many of his players had wanted to speak out on Monday night over the banner. Dyche decided that he and captain Ben Mee should be the spokesmen for them all.

Dyche said: ‘In the last five years what we’ve achieved in the community has been nothing short of fantastic. We don’t want that to be undermined by a few making a statement which is unacceptable to all. 

Burnley boss Sean Dyche (L) reiterated his club’s disgust for the organisers of a ‘White Lives Matter Burnley’ stunt, insisting that the controversy must not reflect on the town or the club

A plane carrying a banner reading ‘White Lives Matter Burnley’ was flown over the Etihad

‘It’s a small amount of people involved [in the plane stunt] and I don’t think that should give a view of the town or the players. It’s harsh on the town.

‘We will continue the good work we do. It will probably enhance that actually.’

The manager defended the club after it was pointed out that its board is made up of eight white men and the management team by 13 white men. He said: ‘I don’t think that says anything other than people [being] in their places. We work in a manner to bring success, no matter who is involved.’ 

The private plane crossed the sky above the stadium just moments after players took a knee

The incident occurred as the players took the knee ahead of kick-off on Monday evening

Dyche criticised the board after Monday’s 5-0 defeat at Manchester City for allowing the contracts of Jeff Hendrick, Phil Bardsley, Joe Hart and Aaron Lennon all to expire this month. 

He defended himself for speaking out: ‘I’ve been here for seven-and-a-half years  and it’s not bad questioning the board for the first time in seven-and-a-half years, Fair play to myself,’ Dyche said. 

‘That’s fairly reasonable and acceptable. There are certain things that are difficult about working here.’

Burnley announced on Wednesday that Bardsley, 34, whom the club had released three days ago, has been signed back on a one-year contract.

Sportsmail revealed on Wednesday that plane stunt perpetrator Mark Hamer, who served three years in jailing for a brutal attack on Blackburn fans, has left his parents to bear the brunt of the controversy he created.




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