A soccer blogger who has published a column criticizing the NFL for not supporting black players in the league should be barred from the sport, the League of American Soccer said.
The league said Wednesday it had filed a complaint against the blogger and three others who wrote about the subject in The Lad newspaper.
They are being charged with incitement of hatred, which carries a penalty of up to five years in prison and a fine of up,000 dollars.
The League of America Soccer said in a statement that the blogger is not a member of the league.
The blogger and others have said they are black, according to The Lad.
They also criticized the NFL’s handling of the anthem controversy, which has led to protests and violence.
The league said the bloggers “incited hatred, discrimination and violence” by criticizing the league and NFL players.
The League of Americans Soccer is a non-profit group that provides training, coaching and support to athletes and their families.