GoFundMe supporting Burnley fan after White Lives Matter stunt shut down

A GoFundMe page set up to help the Burnley supporter responsible for flying a banner over the Etihad stadium earlier this week has been shut down.

Jake Hepple claimed responsibility for the stunt, which sparked fury on social media and across the political and sporting spectrum, after it occurred on Monday evening.

Clarets fan Hepple reportedly organised for the banner, containing the message White Lives Matter, to be flown over Manchester City’s stadium during the Premier League clash.

City ran out 5-0 winners, with Hepple’s actions sparking fury among Burnley’s players, supporters and officials.

Captain Ben Mee and manager Sean Dyche wasted no time in denouncing his actions, with Burnley issuing a lifetime ban to Mr Hepple.

MPs have also hit out at the stunt, but Lancashire Police have decided no further action will be taken after they deemed it not to be a criminal act.

Now, a crowdfunding page set up after the incident has been shut down, after the website GoFundMe took down two initiatives aimed at Mr Hepple and his girlfriend.

Both ‘Get behind Jake Hepple and Megan Rambadt’ and ‘Support Megan Rambadt’ campaigns have been pulled by GoFundMe as they “violated terms of service”.

It transpired earlier today that Mr Hepple had been sacked by his employer over the incident.

Hepple told   MailOnline:   “I’m not racist. I know people are trying to make out to be one but I’m not. I’ve got lots of black and Asian friends and this banner was actually inspired by the Black Lives Movement.

“We were not trying to offend the movement or black people.

“I believe that it’s also important to acknowledge that white lives matter too. That’s all we were trying to say.”


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