U.S. Soccer Repeals Policy Requiring Players to Stand During National Anthem

Following the recent uprising of protests against police brutality against Blacks and racial injustice, U.S. Soccer has has repealed a policy that required its players to stand during the national anthem.

The U.S. Soccer Board of Directors released the following statement:

“U.S. Soccer affirms Black Lives Matter, and we support the fight against racial injustices.

“The U.S. Soccer Board of Directors voted yesterday afternoon to repeal Policy 604-1, which required our players to stand during the national anthem. The policy was put in place after Megan Rapinoe kneeled in solidarity with the peaceful protest inspired by Colin Kaepernick, who was protesting police brutality and the systematic oppression of Black people and people of color in America. It has become clear that this policy was wrong and detracted from the important message of Black Lives Matter.

“We have not done enough to listen—especially to our players—to understand and acknowledge the very real and meaningful experiences of Black and other minority communities in our country. We apologize to our players—especially our Black players—staff, fans, and all who support eradicating racism. Sports are a powerful platform for good, and we have not used our platform as effectively as we should have. We can do more on these specific issues and we will.

“It should be, and will be going forward, up to our players to determine how they can best use their platforms to fight all forms of racism, discrimination, and inequality. We are here for our players and are ready to support them in elevating their efforts to achieve social justice. We cannot change the past, but we can make a difference in the future. We are committed to this change effort, and we will be implementing supporting actions in the near future.”

This announcement was made a week after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said, “We, The NFL Admit, We Were Wrong for Not Listening to NFL Players Earlier.”

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