Donald Trump says NFL protests were ‘disgraceful’

US President Donald Trump has again criticised NFL players for kneeling during the national anthem.

Trump branded the practice “disgraceful” during a press conference on Tuesday and suggested in a Tweet that the NFL should ban it.

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began the wave of protests in 2016 when he did not stand during the anthem in order to highlight perceived racial injustice in the United States.

Almost 200 players knelt during the anthem on Sunday following contentious remarks Trump made last week, in which he said NFL owners should fire players who did not stand for the anthem.

Trump’s remarks have been condemned by numerous sports stars and the demonstrations show no sign of easing up.

“I don’t think you can disrespect our country, our flag, our national anthem.

“Many people have died and they were fighting for our country, they were fighting for our flag, they were fighting for our national anthem.

“And for people to disrespect that, by kneeling during the playing of our national anthem, I think is disgraceful.”

And Trump also tweeted: “The NFL has all sorts of rules and regulations. The only way out for them is to set a rule that you can’t kneel during our National Anthem!”