17 Aug FC Dallas-Nashville match will not have gamers on area for pregame anthem
FC Dallas introduced that gamers will stay inside their locker rooms for the taking part in of the nationwide anthem previous to Sunday’s match towards Nashville SC (stream dwell on Football4cast+ within the U.S.), although there will probably be a second of silence to advertise racial equality.
“In session with our gamers and MLS, we’ve got collectively determined to play the Nationwide Anthem earlier than the gamers take the sphere for tonight’s match towards Nashville SC,” the assertion learn. “Previous to the beginning of the sport, there will probably be a second of silence for the gamers, coaches and all in attendance to advertise racial equality.”
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The transfer is available in response to a sequence of incidents earlier than, throughout and after Wednesday match between the identical two sides. In response to the selection of gamers to kneel in help of the Black Lives Matter motion for the nationwide anthem, some followers booed the gamers whereas one other threw a bottle at them. An FCD spokesperson stated the perpetrator who threw the thing was ejected.
After the match, FCD defender Reggie Cannon was interviewed and expressed his displeasure on the response of some followers as “completely disgusting.” He added that, “You possibly can’t even have the help of your individual followers in your individual stadium. It is completely baffling to me.”
Cannon was subsequently subjected to demise threats and racists posts on social media, with MLS commissioner Don Garber and FCD homeowners Dan and Clark Hunt issuing statements in help of the participant.
An FCD spokesperson informed Football4cast that there could be enhanced safety measures for Sunday’s recreation, although they declined to specify precisely what steps could be taken.