Girlfriend of Burnley supporter behind 'White Lives Matter' banner sacked over alleged racist posts

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The girlfriend of one of the Burnley supporters behind the 'White Lives Matter' banner that flew over the Etihad Stadium on Monday has been sacked over alleged racist posts.

Jake Hepple claimed responsibility for the banner and his partner, Megan Rambadt, has been sacked by her employer Solace Foot Health and Reflexology.

They issued a series of statements on Monday night after being alerted to posts of an “abhorrently racist nature”.

Their initial statement read, per the Mirror: “It was brought to our attention that one of our employees has been publically posting and tweeting comments of an abhorrently racist nature.

"It came as quite a shock to us as the lady in question has never shown, insinuated or acted in any way that would suggest she could have such feelings and beliefs...

"We would like to thank the person who brought these comments to our attention and assure you that we will deal with this situation internally."

They concluded: "Earlier we posted a statement saying we were willing to try and help Megan by paying for Intensive Racial Sensitivity training despite knowing that Solace's reputation would come into question.

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"After several conversations with Megan tonight however we have all decided that what is best for Megan and best for Solace is to end her employment with immediate effect."

Meanwhile, Hepple will face no further action from Lancashire Police following an investigation.

He travelled to Manchester to live stream the plane flying over Manchester City’s stadium prior to their 5-0 win over Burnley.

The plane took off from Blackpool Airport. The airport has since suspended all banner towing operations and launched an investigation.

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