One of many Burnley followers behind the White Lives Matter banner that was flown over the Etihad Stadium has been sacked from his job.
Jake Hepple labored as a welder at Paradigm Precision in Lancashire, however has been dismissed for taking duty for the stunt, which occurred this week, as Manchester Metropolis performed host to Burnley within the Premier League.
The corporate mentioned it “didn’t condone or tolerate racism in any kind”.
Hepple instructed MailOnline: “I’m not racist. I do know individuals are attempting to make out to be one however I’m not. I’ve obtained numerous black and Asian associates and this banner was really impressed by the Black Lives Motion.
“We weren’t attempting to offend the motion or black folks.
“I imagine that it’s additionally vital to acknowledge that white lives matter too. That’s all we had been attempting to say.”
“Look out for others, particularly older folks, younger youngsters and infants and people with underlying well being circumstances,” the Met Workplace mentioned.
He added: “My employer, the membership and so many different folks have fully overreacted to what’s occurred.”
The sacking comes as Hepple’s girlfriend Megan Rambadt was additionally dismissed by her employer Solace Foot Well being and Reflexology over alleged racist posts.
A press release from the agency learn: “It was delivered to our consideration that one among our staff has been publicly posting and tweeting feedback of an abhorrently racist nature.
“It got here as fairly a shock to us as the girl in query has by no means proven, insinuated or acted in any means that may recommend she may have such emotions and beliefs…
“We want to thank the one who introduced these feedback to our consideration and guarantee you that we are going to take care of this example internally.”
It added: “Earlier we posted a press release saying we had been keen to attempt to assist Megan by paying for Intensive Racial Sensitivity coaching regardless of realizing that Solace’s popularity would come into query.
“After a number of conversations with Megan tonight nevertheless now we have all determined that what’s finest for Megan and finest for Solace is to finish her employment with speedy impact.”