NFL players kneel during anthem as Trump fumes

Some National Football League players knelt again on Sunday when the U.S. national anthem was played before a game in London, defying U.S. President Donald Trump’s renewed call to end their protest over racial injustice.

The Fox television network’s broadcast of the day’s first game, at Wembley Stadium, showed three members of the Miami Dolphins kneeling as U.S. music star Darius Rucker performed “The Star Spangled Banner.”

All of the other uniformed Dolphins players and their opponents, the New Orleans Saints, were standing, many with their right hands over their chests.

The three players who had knelt stood for the British anthem “God Save the Queen,” which was also performed before the game.

On the eve of Sunday’s 14 NFL games, Trump on Saturday renewed his sharp criticism of players who have refused to stand during the pre-game ceremony.

“Very important that NFL players STAND tomorrow, and always, for the playing of our National Anthem,” Trump posted on Twitter. “Respect our Flag and our Country!”

On Sept. 22, he had touched off a national controversy that has enveloped the country’s most popular sports league.

Some African-American players adopted the symbolic gesture of kneeling during the anthem over the last year to protest against racial disparities in the U.S. criminal justice system. (Reuters)

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NFL players kneel during anthem as Trump fumes

Miami Dolphins’ Julius Thomas (89), Michael Thomas (31) and Kenny Stills take a knee as the U.S. national anthem is played before an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints at Wembley Stadium in London, Sunday Oct. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

NFL players kneel during anthem as Trump fumes

New Orleans Saints players kneel down before the U.S. anthem was played for an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins at Wembley Stadium in London, Sunday Oct. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

NFL players kneel during anthem as Trump fumes

Buffalo Bills players take a knee during the national anthem before the first half of an NFL football game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

NFL players kneel during anthem as Trump fumes

The Dallas Cowboys, led by owner Jerry Jones, center, take a knee prior to the national anthem prior to an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)

NFL players kneel during anthem as Trump fumes

From left; Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson, president Michael Bidwill, wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and head coach Bruce Arians stand during the national anthem prior to an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

NFL players kneel during anthem as Trump fumes

Several New England Patriots players kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sept. 24, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. (Photo: Michael Dwyer/AP)

NFL players kneel during anthem as Trump fumes

Detroit Lions defensive end Armonty Bryant (97), defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson (91) and defensive end Cornelius Washington (90) take a knee during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sept. 24, 2017, in Detroit. (Photo: Duane Burleson/AP)

NFL players kneel during anthem as Trump fumes

Recording artist Meghan Linsey kneels after singing the national anthem before the game between the Tennessee Titans and the Seattle Seahawks at Nissan Stadium, Sept. 24, 2017. (Photo: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports)

NFL players kneel during anthem as Trump fumes

Members of the Cleveland Browns take a knee during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Indianapolis, Sept. 24, 2017. (Photo: Michael Conroy/AP)

NFL players kneel during anthem as Trump fumes

Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle and former Army Ranger Alejandro Villanueva (78) stands outside the tunnel alone during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, Sept. 24, 2017, in Chicago. (Photo: Nam Y. Huh/AP)

NFL players kneel during anthem as Trump fumes

San Francisco 49ers strong safety Eric Reid kneels during the singing of the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sept. 17, 2017, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer)

NFL players kneel during anthem as Trump fumes

New Orleans Saints quarterback Chase Daniel (10) stands with his hand over his heart during the national anthem as other Saints players sit on the bench before an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C., Sept. 24, 2017. (Photo: Bob Leverone/AP)

NFL players kneel during anthem as Trump fumes

Jacksonville Jaguars players kneel in protest during the national anthem before the NFL International Series match at Wembley Stadium, London on Sept. 24, 2017. (Photo: Simon Cooper/PA Images via Getty Images)

NFL players kneel during anthem as Trump fumes

Baltimore Ravens players kneel in protest during the national anthem before the NFL International Series match at Wembley Stadium, London on Sept. 24, 2017. (Photo: Simon Cooper/PA Images via Getty Images)

NFL players kneel during anthem as Trump fumes

Buffalo Bills players kneel during the national anthem prior to an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sept. 24, 2017, in Orchard Park, N.Y. (Photo: Jeffrey T. Barnes/AP)

NFL players kneel during anthem as Trump fumes

Member of the Washington Redskins stand arm in arm during the playing of the National Anthem before an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders in Landover, Md., Sept. 24, 2017. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

NFL players kneel during anthem as Trump fumes

Some members of the Oakland Raiders sit on the bench during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Md., Sept. 24, 2017. (Photo: Alex Brandon/AP)

NFL players kneel during anthem as Trump fumes

Detroit Lions linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin (44) middle linebacker Tahir Whitehead (59) running back Ameer Abdullah (21) outside linebacker Steve Longa (54) defensive end Jeremiah Ledbetter (98) defensive end Armonty Bryant (97) defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson (91) and defensive end Cornelius Washington (90) kneel during the national anthem before the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Ford Field on Sept. 24, 2017. (Photo: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports)

NFL players kneel during anthem as Trump fumes

Some of the Miami Dolphins take a knee during the anthem prior to the game against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J. on Sept. 24, 2017. (Photo: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports)

NFL players kneel during anthem as Trump fumes

The Pittsburgh Steelers coaching staff stands for the National Anthem before the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field, Sep 24, 2017. (Photo: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports)

NFL players kneel during anthem as Trump fumes

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 on Sept. 24, 2017. (Photo: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports)

NFL players kneel during anthem as Trump fumes

Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Marcus Peters (22) protests next to running back Charcandrick West (35) and defensive tackle Roy Miller (98) during the National Anthem prior to the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at StubHub Center. (Photo: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports)

NFL players kneel during anthem as Trump fumes

Some New York Giants players take a knee for the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sept. 24, 2017, in Philadelphia. (Photo: Michael Perez/AP)

NFL players kneel during anthem as Trump fumes

Cleveland Browns fans hold a sign following the national anthem before an NFL football game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Cleveland Browns in Indianapolis, Sept. 24, 2017. (Photo: Michael Conroy/AP)