The Burnley fan believed to be behind the ‘White Lives Matter’ banner which flew over the Etihad football stadium on Monday has been sacked by his employer.
Jake Hepple, who organised for the banner to fly over the stadium during a match between Manchester City and Burnley FC, worked at aerospace manufacturer Paradigm Precision until he was dismissed earlier today.
A spokesperson for Paradigm Precision said: “We have concluded our investigation into the conduct of one of our employees in relation to an incident at the Burnley v Manchester City match, as well as other related manners.
His girlfriend, Megan Rambadt, who worked at Solace Foot Health and Reflexology, was also sacked today after she refused to attend racial sensitivity training, the company announced.
A letter posted on social media by the company said it would end her employment with immediate effect amid concerns for the company’s reputation.
A company spokesperson told the Lancashire Telegraph that Ms Rambadt “does not work for the company and have drawn a line under it”.
Since the Premier League’s return last week, players and coaching staff members have been wearing shirts with Black Lives Matter displayed on the back and taking a knee when matches begin, to show their support for the anti-racism movement.
Shortly after kick-off between Manchester City and Burnley on Monday, a plane flew above the stadium, displaying the message ‘White Lives Matter Burnley’.
Burnley FC chief executive officer, Neil Hart, condemned to stunt and said the club are working hard with the community to eradicate any forms of discrimination.
The club added that it intends to hand the fans responsible lifetime bans from the club.