San Francisco 49ers cheerleader takes a knee during US national anthem in support of NFL player protests against police brutality and racial injustice

A SAN FRANCISCO 49ers cheerleader has been pictured kneeling during the US anthem.

The woman, who has not been identified, rests on one knee while her fellow cheerleaders stand during the playing of the Star-Spangled Banner at the Levi's stadium in California.

 The San Francisco 49ers cheerleader was shown kneeling during the US national anthem

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The San Francisco 49ers cheerleader was shown kneeling during the US national anthem

It was former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick who sparked the kneeling movement.

He refused to stand in protest against police brutality and racial injustice.

The cheerleader's actions split opinion online, but a number of comments supported her controversial actions.

One person wrote: "Effing hero."

 One comment which was liked 49 times called the cheerleader an 'effing hero'

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One comment which was liked 49 times called the cheerleader an 'effing hero'
 Cheerleaders are a traditional part of the NFL circus

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Cheerleaders are a traditional part of the NFL circus

Another said: "As a combat veteran I totally support this cheerleader for exercising her right. That's what I served for."

A fellow user posted: "I wish I had as much courage as she does. Courage of conviction is a powerful thing!"

Others were scathing in their criticism of what they perceived as a slight against the American flag.

One comment read: "She should never work in any league again."

 Colin Kaepernick was the first NFL star to kneel during anthems

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Colin Kaepernick was the first NFL star to kneel during anthems
 The cheerleader, not thought to be pictured here, is the first cheerleader to protest the anthem

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The cheerleader, not thought to be pictured here, is the first cheerleader to protest the anthem
 The dancing stars on the sidelines are not given so much of a platform to speak as the players

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The dancing stars on the sidelines are not given so much of a platform to speak as the players
 San Francisco 49ers cheerleaders are some of the most glamorous in the league

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San Francisco 49ers cheerleaders are some of the most glamorous in the league

A fellow user said: "Fire her! Tell her to move to a country of her choice."

Another posted: "It takes a second to put your knee down, explain to me how this is brave.

"These protests ain't doing s*** because they don't do anything about it."

The incident, which happened during last night's game, is believed to be the first of its kind by a cheerleader.

NFL protests began in 2016 when Kaepernick refused to stand for the anthem with similar demonstrations spreading to other teams.

President Donald Trump has slammed the actions, calling players who "disrespect" the flag "sons of b*****s".

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A SAN FRANCISCO 49ers cheerleader has been pictured kneeling during the US anthem.