FC Dallas defender Reggie Cannon has criticized fans booing as his teammates and Nashville SC players kneel on their Wednesday night pre-match national anthem.
Cannon told reporters he felt confused as fans at Toyota Stadium – home to FC Dallas – were booing as players kneel to protest racial injustice and brutality. by the police.
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“I think that’s disgusting. I think it’s completely disgusting, ”Cannon said, according to MLSSoccer.com. “You are booed by the fans because people support what they believe in. Millions of others support this goal and we have discussed with every other team and tournament about what we are going to do and we do. There were fans booing us at our stadium. How disgraceful? To be honest, for the lack of a better word, it pissed me off …. You couldn̵7;t even “Having your own fan support in your own stadium. It confuses me.”
The national anthem is sung because fans have returned for the first time since the tournament was shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. MLS Commissioner Don Garber said last weekend the song would be played after it was not played in the MLS is Back tournament.
Cannon, a member of the US national team, said Nashville and the federation were informed that the players would be on their knees whether the song was played or not. Cannon says this reaction is very annoying.
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“As a team, we have been trying to deliver the best we can on that pitch and the past six months have been absolute hell for us,” Cannon said. “And had a chance to play tonight and unfortunately we were very angry not to win but I was very angry. Everyone around me is annoyed.
“Ryan Hollingshead, the first thing he told me after we got up from his knees, he said ‘I’m sorry.’ I apologize to our fans that we had someone shouting ‘USA’ when they didn’t understand what keeling meant, they didn’t understand why we were kneeling “,” Cannon continued, “they couldn’t. Understand the reason, they just think we are ignorant and it is extremely frustrating.
“And I’m sorry to have this tone but what you have to call it. I even know when we decide to kneel, I know it’s going to happen. That’ll tell you something, me. know we’re going to have some negative reaction from having a unified response to what’s going on. That’s the problem, it’s a problem. “
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Nashville came off the field with a 1-0 win.
Associated Press contributed to this report.