26 June 2020 00:32
Sign up to FREE email alerts from BirminghamLive - daily Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email 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.
Both Hepple, and his girlfriend Megan Rambadt, were fired from their jobs following the incident, after Rambadt was found to have made several racist remarks on social media. GoFundMe have told LancsLive that two campaigns, one titled 'Get behind Jake Hepple and Megan Rambadt' had "violated our terms of service" and would no longer available. The other campaign, titled 'Support Megan Rambadt' had received more than £2,000 in donations since being launched yesterday (June 24). The GoFundMe website explicitly states on its terms of service that the platform should not be used for: 'User Content that we deem, at our sole discretion, to be in support of hate, violence, harassment, bullying, discrimination, terrorism or intolerance of any kind relating to race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, sex, gender or gender identity or serious disabilities or diseases.' Hepple claimed responsibility for the banner that was flown over the Manchester stadium during the Premier League clash between Manchester City and Burnley. He was subsequently let go from his job at Paradigm Precision yesterday (June 24) while his partner Rambadt was sacked from her job at Solace Foot Health and Reflexology after posts that were deemed to be racist were found on her Facebook.
Any money given to the campaigns has been returned. For the latest news and breaking news visit the LancsLive website. To keep updated, follow LancsLive on Facebook and @LiveLancs on Twitter. You can sign up for free daily updates with the LancsLive newsletter here. - Jake Hepple has been fired from his work for his part in a 'White Lives Matter' banner - The banner was shown on air when Manchester City played Burnley - Burnley is also preparing to hand Jake a life ban from entering their stadium A Burnley fan known as Jake Hepple has suffered serious consequences for his gaffe by being sacked from his place of work because of his involvement in a 'White Lives Matter' banner. The banner was flown over the Etihad stadium on Monday, June 22, which was an indication of racism and this act made many football fans livid. Since football resumed in England and other parts of the world, players, staff and coaching crew have been wearing shirts with 'Black Lives Matter' on it. The banner made people livid and the Burnley fan Jake was said to be the architect behind this heartbreaking act. Burnley is planning to hand him a life ban from entering their stadium or watching any of their games live. Paradigm Precision where he worked announced that he is no longer their employee following what happened. The individual no longer works for the company,'' Paradigm explained. Jake Hepple, a Burnley fan, was fired for involvement in a 'White Lives Matter' banner. Photo Credit: Getty Source: Getty Images PAY ATTENTION: Click "See First" under the "Following" tab to see Legit.ng News on your Facebook News Feed! Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Manchester City and Burnley players were stunned on Monday night, June 22, during their Premier League clash at the Etihad as a plane with an 'All White Lives Matter' message flew past the stadium. Upon the restart of the Premier League, all players and staff of both teams went on one knee and it was also observed during the game with referee Andre Marriner sounding the whistle. City defeated Burnley 5-0 and Pep Guardiola's men are now on 63 points from 30 games, thereby reducing Liverpool's lead to 20 points - although the Reds are still unassailable with just 8 games left to play. But before the clash, players of both teams went down on one knee and the 'Black Lives Matter' was once again on the back of the shirts of those playing, however, a plane flew around the stadium before halftime carrying the message 'All White Lives Matter Burnley.' Fundraising website GoFundMe has pulled a campaign to support a Burnley fan who helped organise the 'White Lives Matter' banner that was flown over the Etihad Stadium on Monday. Jake Hepple, 24, claimed responsibility for the stunt, which took place ahead of Burnley's 5-0 defeat to Manchester City. Burnley and club captain Ben Mee condemned Hepple's actions, and he's also been sacked from his position as a welder with Paradigm Precision in Lancashire. Two campaigns were set up on crowd funding platform GoFundMe to raise money for Hepple and his girlfriend, Megan Rambadt, who also lost her job. According to LancsLive, the 'Get behind Jake Hepple and Megan Rambadt' and 'Support Megan Rambadt' campaigns have been pulled as they "violated terms of service". The latter campaign was launched on Wednesday and has raised more than £2,000. In an interview with the Daily Mail, Hepple claimed he isn't racist and didn't intend to cause offence. I know people are trying to make out to be one but I'm not," he said. "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.