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  • chicago red stars soccer player defends decision to stand for anthem

    07/01/2020 12:53:34 PM PDT · by RomanSoldier19 · 11 replies ^ | 7/1/2020 | by JOE KINSEY
    Alexi Lalas tweeted and then deleted this when players from the National Women’s Soccer League kneeled before a recent match: “Now it takes courage to actually stand for the national anthem.” Lalas had himself a full social media day and then the world moved on. Now comes the story of Rachel Hill, a player for the Chicago Red Stars who had to release a statement on why she was the only player standing for the anthem before a match against Orlando. That’s right, Rachel is the pioneer when it comes to issuing a statement on why she stood for the...
  • Alexi Lalas apologizes for tweet about protests during national anthem.

    06/29/2020 7:21:20 AM PDT · by L.A.Justice · 28 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | June 28, 2020 | Jack Baer
    Fox Sports soccer broadcaster Alexi Lalas issued an apology on Sunday for a since-deleted tweet posted in reaction to players on two NWSL teams kneeling before their first match of the Challenge Cup. Lalas’ original tweet read “Now it takes courage to actually stand for the national anthem,” followed by an American flag and soccer ball emoji. Hour later, Lalas posted the following statement on Twitter praising the players’ protest and apologizing for the “hurt or anger” caused by his tweet.
  • NWSL (National Women's Soccer League) Players Kneel During National Anthem

    06/28/2020 12:26:09 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 51 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 28 June 2020 | AP
    The players and coaches wore Black Lives Matter T-shirts in warmups before the game, which was nationally televised on CBS. The players also knelt during a moment of silence before kickoff. “We took a knee today to protest racial injustice, police brutality and systemic racism against Black people and people of color in America. We love our country and we have taken this opportunity to hold it to a higher standard. It is our duty to demand that the liberties and freedoms this nation was founded upon are extended to everyone,” the Thorns and Courage said in a joint statement...
  • Soccer Team Dumps National Anthem for Song Written by Communist Sympathizer

    06/26/2020 4:30:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies ^ | June 25, 2020 | Todd Starnes
    A semi-professional soccer team in Oklahoma will no longer play the national anthem before matches. Instead – the Tulsa Athletic will play Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land.” The Athletics are part of the National Premier Soccer League. The team says they dropped The Star Spangled Banner to create a more inclusive environment.“From our beginning, we have developed a culture of inclusion and acceptance at Tulsa Athletic,” team owner Sonny Dalesandro said in the press release. “We live in a country that allows us to freely speak our voice. We utilize this right as a club to continually try...
  • Soccer team ditches national anthem for this patriotic song (This Land is Your Land)

    06/25/2020 7:36:34 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 78 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 25 2020 | Ryan Gaydos
    A semi-professional soccer team will no longer play the U.S. national anthem before matches and instead will be replacing it with Woody Guthrie's “This Land is Your Land.” Tulsa Athletic, of the National Premier Soccer League, announced Wednesday that in order to create a more inclusive environment it will change the song. The team said it decided on making the change after reviewing the lyrics of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” “After carefully reviewing ‘The Star-Spangled Banner' lyrics and meaning, including the third verse which mentions ‘No refuge could save the hireling and slave / From the terror of flight or the...
  • Burnley FC apologize after 'White Lives Matter' banner is flown over their Premier League match against Manchester City moments after players take the knee for BLM [UK]

    06/22/2020 10:57:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 22:27 EDT, 22 June 2020 | Milly Vinceet
    Burnley football club has apologized and vowed to hand out lifetime bans after a plane carrying a banner reading “White Lives Matter Burnley” was flown over the Etihad stadium ahead of the team’s match with Manchester City this evening. A private plane bearing the message flew over the stadium in Manchester just moments after both Burnley and City players took a knee to show their support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Jake Hepple, a Burnley local, has claimed responsibility for the stunt, sharing a video of the plane to his Facebook along with a refusal to apologize. Hepple wrote:...
  • Burnley condemns 'White Lives Matter' banner flown over Etihad Stadium

    06/22/2020 5:35:44 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 14 replies
    CNN ^ | June 22, 2020
    (CNN)Burnley has strongly condemned a "White Lives Matter Burnley" banner that was flown by a small plane over the Etihad Stadium ahead of their English Premier League match against Manchester City on Monday. Since the English Premier League's resumption last week, all players of the 20 top-flight clubs have replaced their names with the message "Black Lives Matter" on the back of their jerseys.
  • Major League Soccer will forgo national anthem before matches over lack of spectators.

    06/21/2020 12:29:13 AM PDT · by L.A.Justice · 45 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 15, 2020 | Ryan Gaydos
    Major League Soccer will not play the national anthem before matches as the league is a few weeks away from returning to the field after the coronavirus pandemic shut it down in March. MLS Commissioner Don Garber told reporters during a conference call that the anthem will not be played because there will be no fans in the stands when the players start up again at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Florida on July 8. “We won't be playing the anthem,” Garber told reporters. “There's not going to be any fans in the stands, so we didn't...
  • FIFA urges 'mutual respect' in response to Trump tweet on US Soccer.

    06/16/2020 12:14:07 AM PDT · by L.A.Justice · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 15, 2020 | Ryan Gaydos
    FIFA, the soccer world’s governing body, responded to President Trump’s tweet rebuking U.S. Soccer for repealing its ban on players protesting during the national anthem. The organization called for “tolerance, mutual respect and common sense” after Trump’s denouncement. Trump tweeted he “won’t be watching anymore!” “FIFA strongly advocates for tolerance, mutual respect and common sense when such important matters are debated,” FIFA said in a statement to the Associated Press. “FIFA has a zero-tolerance approach to incidents of all forms of discrimination in football, as outlined in the FIFA Statutes. We must all say no to racism and no to...
  • Trump, The Sports Fan, Says He Won’t Watch NFL, US Soccer If Players Kneel During Anthem

    06/14/2020 7:51:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    President Donald Trump has said he will not watch National Football League (NFL) or U.S. soccer team matches if players do not stand for the national anthem.The U.S. Soccer Federation last week said it had dropped its requirement that players stand during the anthem, saying the policy was wrong and detracted from the Black Lives Matter movement.The policy was adopted in 2017 after U.S. women’s national team member Megan Rapinoe took a knee during the anthem before a game, in solidarity with NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who in 2016 started kneeling in protest of a flag he said represents...
  • Donald Trump says he will no longer watch the U.S. soccer team or NFL after their bosses allow players to kneel during the national anthem

    06/13/2020 11:44:02 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 61 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 14 2020 | HARRIET ALEXANDER
    Donald Trump has declared that he will no longer watch U.S. soccer and will likely not watch NFL games after the governing bodies of both sports approved kneeling during the national anthem. Trump on Saturday tweeted his support for Matt Gaetz, a congressman from Florida, and Jim Jordan, congressman for Ohio, who have both been outspoken about the sports. On Tuesday the U.S. soccer federation reversed its three-year ban on kneeling during the anthem.
  • Premier League to replace player names with ‘Black Lives Matter’ on jerseys

    06/12/2020 3:03:05 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 68 replies
    NBC Sports ^ | June 12, 2020 | By Joe Prince-Wright
    The Premier League have announced they will replace player names with ‘Black Lives Matter’ for the opening weekend of the 2019-20 season restart. For the opening 12 games of the 2019-20 season restart, ‘Black Lives Matter’ will replace the player names on the back of each jersey, as players from all clubs requested this change. In a statement released Friday, the PL revealed a host of ways it will be marking the Black Lives Matter movement for the restart of the season as all 20 clubs agreed to the plans.
  • US Soccer repeals rule that banned kneeling during anthem...

    06/11/2020 12:47:23 AM PDT · by L.A.Justice · 36 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 10, 2020 | AP
    U.S. Soccer's board of directors has voted to repeal a 2017 policy that required national team players to stand during the national anthem, a rule adopted after Megan Rapinoe kneeled in support of Colin Kaepernick. The board made the decision during a conference call, U.S. Soccer announced Wednesday. Policy 604-1 states: “All persons representing a Federation national team shall stand respectfully during the playing of national anthems at any event in which the Federation is represented.” The board passed the rule on Feb. 9, 2017. A person with knowledge of the discussions regarding the policy said new President Cindy Parlow...
  • 'The biggest crime' - Southgate calls for the end of white privilege in football

    06/09/2020 5:49:46 PM PDT · by Stravinsky · 51 replies
    Yahoo! Sports/ ^ | June 9, 2020 |
    England manager Gareth Southgate has urged football to rid itself of its white privilege problem as he revealed he had witnessed the blockage of black coaches and staff from prominent positions. With anti-racism protests spreading worldwide following the death of Minneapolis man George Floyd, the spotlight has turned to discrimination within the football world. Manchester City star Raheem Sterling says tackling racism is the most important issue society faces and that he believes that former Three Lions stars Sol Campbell and Ashley Cole have been given fewer opportunities in their coaching careers than team-mates Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard.
  • Retired China soccer star calls for ouster of Communist Party

    06/09/2020 1:19:30 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 6 replies ^ | June 4, 2020 | Reuters
    A retired Chinese soccer star called for the ouster of China’s ruling Communist Party in a video released on Thursday on the YouTube channel of fugitive billionaire Guo Wengui, who is close with former Trump White House adviser Steve Bannon. Hao Haidong, 50, who was a major star in China during the 1990s and 2000s, and is known to have a residence in Spain, spoke in a 53-minute video interview. Thursday is the 31st anniversary of the crackdown on student protesters in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.
  • USWNT wants soccer federation to repeal anthem policy

    06/09/2020 4:26:04 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 54 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | June 9, 2020
    <p>CHICAGO (AP) — The U.S. women’s national team wants the U.S. Soccer Federation to repeal the anthem policy it instituted after Megan Rapinoe started kneeling during the “The Star-Spangled Banner.”</p> <p>The U.S. women’s team also wants the federation to state publicly that the policy was wrong and issue an apology to the team’s black players and supporters.</p>
  • The US Women’s National Team Is Demanding US Soccer Apologize To Black Players For Banning Kneeling During The National Anthem

    06/08/2020 7:53:23 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 40 replies
    BuzzFeed ^ | 07 08 2020 | Molly Hensley-Clancy
    The US Women’s National Team is demanding their employer, US Soccer, end a policy requiring players to stand during the national anthem. “The Federation should immediately repeal the ‘Anthem Policy,’ publish a statement acknowledging the policy was wrong when it was adopted, and issue an apology to our Black players and supporters,” the national team players said in a statement to BuzzFeed News. Players called for US Soccer to “lay out its plans on how it will now support the message and movement that it tried to silence four years ago.” US Soccer will hold a special board meeting Tuesday...
  • Galaxy part company with Katai after wife's racist posts

    06/05/2020 1:03:49 PM PDT · by C19fan · 20 replies
    AFP ^ | June 5, 2020 | Staff
    The Los Angeles Galaxy parted company with midfielder Aleksandar Katai on Friday, days after the player's wife sparked outrage with a series of racist social media posts. A single sentence statement posted on the Galaxy's website said former Serbia international Katai had now left the club by mutual agreement. It came after Katai's wife Tea had mocked the Black Lives Matter movement and urged violence against people protesting the death of George Floyd at the hands of a white police officer. The posts on Instagram were subsequently deleted after the Galaxy condemned them as "racist and violent".
  • All Germans Stores To Reopen This Week, With Soccer To Follow Soon

    05/07/2020 8:19:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Powerline Blog ^ | 05/07/2020 | Paul Mirengoff
    A week or two ago, it looked like German soccer would resume this coming weekend. That was the plan, but it did not receive approval from the government. Now, the government has approved a resumption of play in mid-May for Germany’s top two professional soccer league. Games will be played behind closed doors, with only around 300 people — players, coaches, referees, team officials and staff, broadcast crews — allowed in. The decision follows the testing for the Wuhan coronavirus of 1,724 members of the 36 teams in Germany’s top two tiers. Only ten tested positive”. (No “herd immunity” in...
  • Judge sides with U.S. Soccer in USWNT's equal pay lawsuit

    05/02/2020 7:38:56 AM PDT · by John W · 18 replies ^ | May 2, 2020 | Graham Hays
    A federal judge in California ruled in favor of the United States Soccer Federation on most of the key points in the ongoing wage discrimination lawsuit brought by members of the U.S. women's national team player pool, dealing a potentially fatal setback to the players in the high-profile case. Players based the lawsuit filed last year on two grounds: first, that U.S. Soccer violated the Equal Pay Act by paying them less than members of the men's national team; and second, that the federation discriminated against them under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, specifically with regard...