But a plan, including a banner that said “White Lives Matter Burnley” was flown over Manchester City’s match against the Clarets.
It has been widely condemned by Burnley and their captain Bee Mee.
However, Richards feels, despite the good work done, that nothing will change, unless the conversation had as to why people hold such different points of view.
He said on Sky Sports: “I’ve had the chance to play with Ben Mee in the academy, and it has always been a nice boy.
“He spoke from the heart, and that is all that you can ask him to do so.
“Obviously, Burnley are out and condemned it, but it just shows that you – I talk to a lot of people who say,” everything that happens in America, it doesn’t happen in England “.
“This is proof today that I know it is a small minority, but they do feel like that. I don’t want to fight fire with fire, I want to educate people.
“I would like to see them, talk to them and ask them why you feel this way? Explain to me why you feel this way?
“I don’t understand why people feel this way. Until we understand the why, then nothing will change.
“We can wear t-shirts, we can do that,” Black Lives Matter ” protests, and, slowly, we are getting better. But it just shows today, that even if it is a small minority, it is still in progress.
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“I agree, everyone should have the freedom of speech, but just at a time where things are on the up, only a small fraction want to spoil things. It is very disheartening to see.
“You don’t want to make a huge thing about it when we have something positive and.
“I would like to think that it was a small percentage, but yes, it was disheartening to see. “