Fans in the stands of an MLS game have booed both teams as they opted to kneel during the playing of the national anthem.
Players from Dallas FC and Nashville FC all dropped to a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, but the fans in attendance weren’t happy.
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Around 3000 fans unleashed a smattering of boos with one being removed after throwing a water bottle at the players.
Dallas defender Reggis Cannon unleashed on the fans with a blistering response to the booing.
“How disgraceful is that,” Cannon said. “You got fans booing you for people taking a stand for what they believe in.
“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 going to kneel regardless if the anthem was played or not.
“Millions of other people support this cause and we discussed with every other team and the league what we’re going to do and we’ve got fans booing us in our own stadium.
“I think it was absolutely disgusting.”
Dallas issued a statement following the completion of the game, which saw Nashville claim the 1-0 victory in MLS’ return.
“FC Dallas supports our players and fans in their right to express themselves in a peaceful manner,” the statement read.
“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 polarising 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.”
Dallas teammate Ryan Hollingshead apologised to Cannon after the teams stood back up before getting the game underway.
“He said, ‘I’m sorry. I’m sorry for our fans,’” Cannon recalled. “Because we had someone chanting ‘USA’ when they don’t understand what kneeling means.”