Football

Crowd boos national anthem kneelers

Fans who went to watch FC Dallas and Nashville SC play soccer started booing the players when they knelt in support of BLM during the national anthem.

Woke Dallas defender Reggie Cannon tweeted,

I will give #MLS another shot in the “second leg” of Nashville v Dallas. Having a crowd at all, booing of those kneeling, throwing of objects & lack of social distancing got to me. I will for now chalk it up as just a Dallas thing and hope it does not happen again.

No Reggie, fans are sick and tired of watching more social justice politics when they deliberately went to the game in the hope of distracting them from it in the first place.

Cannon went on, “You got fans booing you for people taking a stand for what they believe in.

No Reggie, you expected the fans to back your little stunt and when it backfired you had the hide to tell your customers off.

When will these overpaid meatheads get that fans have been supporters of equality in all of its forms. They are just telling you they sick of being reminded before every game. It is nothing more than institutionalized nagging. They were just letting you know that you should stop the moral preening.

Gender pay gap in US soccer?

US Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand railed at the gender pay gap between the US Soccer men’s team and women’s team after the latter thrashed Thailand 13-0.

Democratic Senator and perennial identity politician Elizabeth Warren also chipped in with her slant on things about how it is high time to address the pay gap!

Former Republican Senator Orrin Hatch asked the U.S. Soccer Federation to “end this two-tiered, gender-based structure that has unfairly discriminated against female athletes.”

Before US senators took to bashing the US Soccer Federation (USSF), a quick look at the Annual Report for 2018 reveals that “expenses” on the national women’s team were higher than the men’s.

By the numbers, women’s expenditure grew 25% to $17.13m in 2018 over the previous year while the men’s slid 35% to $14.63m (down from $22.43m in 2017). While expenditures aren’t completely broken down, one can assume that this adjustment includes paying for performance.

When boiled down, the expenses allocated to the women’s national team came in at 24% of overall expenses in 2018 from 18% in 2017. Men fell from 30% of the total to 20% over the same time period.

Unless multiple men’s team players have been sacked and there are surplus female players the pay gap is probably swinging in favour of the fairer sex. Or could it be that the governing body is exercising good governance?

Whatever it is, even better to see the investment in the youth national team and player development which has risen from $23.2m to $27.4m.

If only female soccer star Megan Rapinoe could casts aside her Trump Derangement Syndrome and sing the national anthem because she’s representing her country.

Not surprising to see own goals kicked by politicians who don’t look at the facts.

Perhaps the US women’s soccer team should address the pay gap between themselves first. Then once that is complete go after the blokes.