The Burnley fan believed to be behind the White Lives Matter banner protest has been sacked from his job.
Jake Hepple, 24, was dismissed by Paradigm Precision after it concluded he had broken the company’s “various policies and procedures”.
The banner was flown over Manchester City football club’s Etihad Stadium, ahead of the match against Burnley, as players ‘took a knee’ in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
After investigating, Lancashire police concluded no crime had been committed.
Spiked columnist Brendan O’Neill criticised the banner but said Mr Hepple should not have lost his job.
Speaking with talkRADIO’s Julia Hartley-Brewer, he said: “People have to have the right to express themselves freely without losing their jobs.
“I detest racism … but I also would defend people’s right to hold racist views, that’s the nature of freedom of thought and freedom of speech.”
Meanwhile, Burnley FC has condemned the stunt.
A statement read: “The club operates a zero-tolerance stance on discrimination of any form at Turf Moor and is increasingly issuing lifetime bans for supporters that incite racism and hatred.
This punishment will also be meted out to those responsible for Monday’s regrettable incident.”
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