Major League Soccer called off five matches amid Jacob Blake protests

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Most of Wednesday’s Major League Soccer games have been postponed as players have chosen not to play to protest racial injustice and, in particular, the murder of Jacob Blake, a black man, by police on Sunday in Kenosha. , Wisconsin.The development came as NBA and WNBA players refused to play for Black Lives Matter, as well as protest what happened in Kenosha, which included the murder of two protesters on Tuesday night.

It looked like MLS wouldn’t do the same, as the Orlando City SC v Nashville SC game went according to plan. But after the players took the field for the Atlanta United and Inter Miami game scheduled for 8 p.m. ET, they reversed course and decided not to play.

The following games, starting with the game between Miami and Atlanta United, quickly delayed their kickoffs as players from both teams discussed how to proceed.

The league issued a statement earlier on Tuesday condemning racism and inequality but made no mention of the postponement of matches, before later issuing a second statement which read: “Major League Soccer has made a decision to postpone the matches. five remaining matches – Miami-Atlanta, Dallas-Colorado, Real Salt Lake-LAFC, San Jose-Portland, LA Galaxy-Seattle – scheduled for tonight. Each match will be postponed. ”

Atlanta United released a statement about the ruling that said, “We stand in solidarity with the black community, our players, our city and our fans in the fight against injustice. We must use our voices to be the change. ”

The Portland Timbers also made a statement: “The Portland Timbers support our players and their decision not to play tonight. Racial injustice and police brutality against black people in our country must end now. ”

The MLS Players Association tweeted in response to the National Basketball Players Association, “We are with you. #JusticeForJacobBlake »

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