Two Chelsea Ladies stars have discussed their decision to take a knee as the vast majority of women’s footballers across the country did following Donald Trump’s controversial comments about NFL players who chose to take a knee during the US national anthem before NFL games on Sunday.
The Premier League champions, England women’s skipper Magdalena Eriksson and Chelsea midfielder Jess Carter, made the pledge after their squad was due to visit New York last week for a high-profile Women’s Professional Soccer match against the Chicago Red Stars at Giants Stadium. Eriksson said: “We took a knee to show our stand and support for the players in the NFL.”
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Meanwhile, Carter, who scored in Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Liverpool on Saturday, added: “It’s only a symbolic gesture, we do not intend to disrespect the flag.
“Most people around here have embraced the gesture and have been really supportive of us.”
Chelsea will now play their match against Seattle Reign at the Philadelphia Union Stadium on 26 September, a week earlier than originally scheduled, as a tribute to the NFL players who took a knee.