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Burnley banner shame as Manchester City delay Liverpool’s title party

Thumping finish: Mahrez fires home City’s second goal after turning Charlie Taylor inside out PICTURE: GETTY

Manchester City 5-0 Burnley

BURNLEY have strongly condemned those behind a fly-past displaying the words ‘White Lives Matter Burnley’ before last night’s humiliating defeat at Manchester City.

The plane flew over the Etihad Stadium, in clear defiance of the Premier League’s anti-racism campaign, as players from both sides took the knee in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.

‘We wish to make it clear those responsible are not welcome at Turf Moor,’ said a statement.

Disgraceful: The banner flown above the Etihad last night PICTURE: REUTERS

City’s 5-0 win means they will not relinquish their title this week although Liverpool will get the chance to claim the crown on their closest challengers’ home soil next Thursday if they beat Crystal Palace tomorrow.

But this dismantling of Burnley, five days after a 3-0 win over Arsenal, suggests City are fully motivated to delay the inevitable as long as possible.

Phil Foden’s thunderbolt and two first-half goals from Riyad Mahrez underlined the hosts’ dominance against a Burnley side who offered virtually no threat at the other end.

City lost Sergio Aguero to what looked like a hamstring injury before the break but there was no let-up in the second half as David Silva and Foden added further goals to give City a third straight 5-0 win over the Clarets.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche, apparently at loggerheads with the club for failing to extend the contracts of several players, cut an unhappy figure having named two goalkeepers among his seven substitutes, two short of the permitted nine.