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NFLPA 'encouraged' by talks over anthem policy

60   //    28 Jul 2018, 03:59 IST
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The NFLPA is "encouraged by" initial discussions with the NFL over the league's controversial new national anthem policy.

A new policy was announced earlier this year stating that all players on the field must stand for the national anthem following last year's kneeling protests.

The announcement initially drew praise from United States president Donald Trump, a critic of the protestors, though he later slammed the aspect of the proposed policy that would allow players to remain in the locker room for the anthem should they wish.

There was a mixed response from players and team officials and the NFLPA subsequently filed a grievance against the policy.

After the league and players' union came to a 'standstill agreement' to halt any policy being implemented, the two parties met on Friday for talks that were described as "constructive".

A statement read: "A short time ago, the NFL and NFLPA concluded a constructive meeting regarding the anthem policy and the very serious social justice issues that have been the basis of some players' protests.

"We are encouraged by the discussions and plan to continue our conversations."

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