City extend title race with Burnley hiding

Manchester City's David Silva scores his team's fourth goal against Burnley in the EPL on Monday

Burnley were embarrassed on and off the pitch as an offensive banner was flown above the Etihad Stadium during the early stages of their 5-0 EPL drubbing by Manchester City on Monday.

A plane carried the message 'White Lives Matter Burnley' at the beginning of the Clarets' first Premier League outing since the restart, prompting an apology and condemnation from both the club and its players.

City's dominant 5-0 win over Burnley extended Liverpool's 30-year wait for the Premier League title.

Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez grabbed two goals each with Mahrez finishing off a brilliant solo run on 43 minutes before slotting in an injury time penalty to complete a 3-0 first half.

City striker Sergio Aguero limped off injured after his foot was caught by Ben Mee for the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) to award the penalty.

Guardiola said after the match Aguero's injury didn't look good.

"It doesn't look good, something in the knee, so we'll see tomorrow in a better way what he has," he told Sky Sports.

In the second half, David Silva scored and Foden's second strike earned the Manchester side a comprehensive victory at an empty Etihad Stadium.

"It's always good to play a part and score goals," said Foden. "I'm just happy with the way the team are playing and we can continue the form we're on."

Liverpool are 20 points clear of second-placed City and need five more points to become Premier League champions.

Juergen Klopp's side will need to win against Crystal Palace on Wednesday and hope City drop points against Chelsea on Thursday for their first league title in 30 years to be confirmed this week.

Burnley meanwhile sit 11th in the table with 39 points after their unbeaten run of seven games before the coronavirus suspension came to an end.

The Lancashire club issued a statement at half-time, strongly condemning those responsible for flying a plane carrying the message 'White Lives Matter Burnley' at the beginning of their first Premier League outing since the restart.

The aircraft circled the ground moments after all players had taken the knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement at kick-off.

"We wish to make it clear that those responsible are not welcome at Turf Moor," read a club statement. "This, in no way, represents what Burnley Football Club stands for."

Burnley captain Ben Mee spoke angrily about the banner, insisting the players on the field were sickened by what they saw above their heads.

"It's a minority of our supporters, I know I speak for a massive part of our support who distance ourselves from anything like that. It definitely had a massive impact on us to see that in the sky."