A US sports commentator and national anthem singer has been banned from performing after he said a “bully” of an Australian flag-waving fan had used “an illegal act of vandalism”.
Matthew DeLuca was banned from the national anthem at the US national championship in Charlotte, North Carolina, in May and has been barred from performing at US and international events for three years.
He was banned for four months from playing in the US team’s preseason game against the US Men’s National Team on July 8, which was played at the Charlotte Coliseum.
“We don’t know if the flag is on fire, but it’s on fire and the flag burns and you know you’re a loser,” DeLucas said at the time.
DeLucA, who was born in Australia, has previously performed on US TV networks and has worked with other athletes. “
If I were the national team I would say that’s unacceptable and I’d be a lot more careful.”
DeLucA, who was born in Australia, has previously performed on US TV networks and has worked with other athletes.
The ban comes after a woman in New York, a US citizen, said she was sexually harassed by a US-born Australian fan who said he was “trying to make Australia great”.
He also tweeted “I hope to get deported to Australia”.
DeLucAs ban comes amid calls to ban Australians from wearing the American flag, following a spate of protests over Donald Trump’s presidency.
US Senator Dick Durbin, who has been outspoken in his opposition to Trump, called for the ban to be overturned.
“You cannot, under any circumstances, allow this person to perform or engage in any form of expression of support for a flag,” he said.
DeLucas has said he plans to travel to Australia this year. “
The American flag is the symbol of freedom and patriotism and we will never allow Matthew De Luca to use it to push this country away from that.”
DeLucas has said he plans to travel to Australia this year.
He said the ban is “just another form of political correctness” and called for other US sports fans to take a stand against discrimination against their fellow citizens.