Nascar has banned the Confederate flag from its racetracks and facilities in the wake of anti-racism protests across the US. 

While defenders of the Confederate flag maintain it is merely a sign of pride in Southern heritage and a symbol of rebellion, critics argue that its presence represents support for the time and slavery, as well as the subsequent racist treatment of black people.

Nascar issued a statement which read: "The presence of the Confederate flag at NASCAR events runs contrary to our commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all fans, our competitors and our industry. Bringing people together around a love for racing and the community that it creates is what makes our fans and sport special. The display of the Confederate flag will be prohibited from all NASCAR events and properties."

The only full-time black driver in the series, Bubba Wallace, called for the organisation to ban the Confederate flag during a Monday interview with CNN.

"My next step would be to get rid of all Confederate flags. No one should feel uncomfortable when they come to a Nascar race," Wallace said.

"So it starts with Confederate flags. Get them out of here. They have no place for them."

For more than five years, Nascar has prevented its tracks and teams from flying the Confederate flag, but it hadn't banned fans from doing so until Wednesday.