'It's hard as an African American to represent a country where people aren't equal'



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DeAndre Yedlin has revealed he is considering quitting the United States national team because of the racial discrimination in his home country.


 


The Newcastle defender, 26, who has African-American, Native-American, and Jewish-Latvian heritage has condemned the prejudice against black people following the continued protests across the world since the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minnesota police officers.


 


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Speaking about quitting the US national team, Yedlin told Sky Sports: 'It's something I've thought a lot about during this quarantine. 



'My grandfather, my grandmother especially, I have a whole family of activists, they've always told me to stand up for what I believe in.


 


'There's no amount of money that can make me shut up about something I think is wrong.


 


'It's one of those waiting games to see if a change does happen. But if things go as they stand it's hard for me as an African American male to represent a country that does things like this where all people aren't equal.'


 


Yedlin believes the Premier League's decision to replace all players' names with 'Black Lives Matter' will send a powerful message from "the world's sport".


 


"If kids start seeing it on the back of players' jerseys they start raising questions," he says.




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