The Major League Soccer has decided to cancel five games that were supposed to be played on Wednesday (local time) in response to the shooting of Jacob Blake. The 29-year-old African American was shot seven times by a police officer in front of his children and there have been massive protests since the incident across the country.
The basketball federation NBA has called of their matches as well and the MLS have now followed their example after criticism from the community. At first the American league decided to continue their program. They have now released an official statement showing their support to the black community.
“The entire Major League Soccer family is deeply saddened and horrified by the senseless shooting of Jacob Blake and events in Kenosha,” an MLS statement read. “We continue to stand with the black community throughout our country – including our players and employees – and share in their pain, anger and frustration.”
“The entire Major League Soccer family unequivocally condemns racism and has always stood for equality, but we need to do more to take tangible steps to impact change. We will continue to work with our players, our clubs and the broader soccer community to harness our collective power to fight for equality and social justice.”
— Major League Soccer (@MLS) August 27, 2020