Fans Boo Pro Soccer Payers For Kneeling During National Anthem In Texas

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Fans booed professional soccer players on FC Dallas and Nashville SC for kneeling during the national anthem before their game in Frisco, Texas, last night.

Dallas defender Reggie Cannon was furious with the fans for booing the professional soccer players and lashed out after the game.

“I think it was disgusting. I think it was absolutely disgusting. You got fans booing you for people taking a stand for what they believe in when millions of other people support this cause. And we’ve discussed with every other team, and the league, what we’re gonna do,” Cannon said.

 

“And we got fans booing us in our own stadium. How disgraceful is that? Honestly, it, for lack of a better word, pissed me off.”

“We discussed that prior to what we were doing. We discussed it with Nashville. Everyone from Nashville was on board. Everyone across the league was on board with what we were gonna do.”

“We asked for no anthem because we don’t feel it was right for the anthem to be played at this moment. They ignored our wishes.”

“So we were gonna kneel regardless if the anthem was played or not.”

“Unfortunately, it was played during these times where we asked for an anthem not to be played, and it pisses me off that you can’t even have support from your own fans in your own stadium,” Cannon continued.

From ESPN:

A source with knowledge of the situation said that FC Dallas had asked the league for permission to not play the anthem but MLS insisted otherwise. The league has stated publicly that if fans are in the stands, the standard pregame procession, including the national anthem and new MLS anthem, will take place.

When contacted by ESPN on Thursday, an FC Dallas spokesperson said the club wouldn’t be providing an additional statement but then sent out a release later in the afternoon saying the club supports “players and fans in their right to express themselves in a peaceful manner.”

“The National Anthem was played before last night’s match while the players were on the field which Major League Soccer requires when fans are in attendance. While we understand the decision to stand or kneel for the National Anthem is a polarizing issue, we hope that FC Dallas can be a leader in helping our community accept diverse viewpoints in a respectful way as we all work together in the ongoing fight for racial equality,” the statement read.

Cannon said those booing did not understand the reasons behind the players’ actions.

“We had someone chanting U.S.A., but they don’t understand what kneeling means,” he said. “They don’t understand why we’re kneeling.

“They can’t see the reason. They think we’re the ignorant ones. It’s incredibly frustrating. I’m sorry to have this tone, but you have to call it for what it is.”

Cannon said he expected to see some negative pushback over the unified response.

“It hurts me because I love our fans, I love this club, and I want to see the support that the league has given us, that everyone has given us, from our fans,” he said.