FC Dallas defender Reggie Cannon has condemned the "disgusting" booing of players kneeling during the national anthem by some home fans before their match against Nashville on Wednesday. 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.
The match in Texas was the first MLS fixture with fans admitted since the league was suspended in March because of coronavirus.
"You can't even have support from your own fans in your own stadium".
FC Dallas player and U.S. Men's National Team member Reggie Cannon, said that he thought the fans reaction to the players protest was, "disgusting". The two teams meet again on Sunday.
The U.S. worldwide said that the Dallas players' plan to kneel had been communicated to Nashville and the league and that they would have kneeled whether the anthem was played or not, adding that he had requested the anthem not to be played.
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Players in other US sports leagues have kneeled during the national anthem in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
"Well, it is one game", he said afterwards, "but please forgive us for maybe enjoying it more than we would normally".
Cannon, 22, a United States worldwide, said the MLS were aware of what both teams planned to do prior to kick-off in a game Nashville ultimately won 1-0. "They don't understand why we're kneeling and they can't see the reason". "It's extremely frustrating. I'm sorry to have this tone, but you have to simply call it for what it is". The league returned to action in July for the "MLS is Back" Tournament, which was played at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla. That should tell you something, I knew we were going to have some negative pushback from having a unified response over what's going on.
MLS has said it supports players' right to peacefully protest during the anthem, saying it "stands by the ideals of freedom of speech and the right to peaceful protest that are the hallmarks of the United States and Canada".
"It hurts me mainly because I adore our supporters, I like this club, and I want to see the help that the league has supplied us, that everybody has supplied us, from our lovers", he stated.