NFL players challenge league’s anthem policy

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The union representing National Football League players on Tuesday said it had filed a grievance against the NFL over its policy requiring players to stand for the national anthem or wait in the locker rooms, saying it infringed on players rights.

FILE PHOTO: Washington Redskins tight end Niles Paul (84) and linebacker Ryan Anderson (52) and Washington Redskins linebacker Chris Carter (55) kneel with teammates during the playing of the national anthem before the game between the Washington Redskins and the Oakland Raiders at FedEx Field in Landover, MD, U.S., September 24, 2017. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports/File Photo

The NFL Players Association, in a statement posted on Twitter, said it had earlier offered to discuss possible solutions to the stand-off over the U.S. song, and that the NFL has agreed to talks.

Reporting by Susan Heavey and Scott Malone

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