You won’t see a U.S. Soccer player kneeling during the National Anthem anytime soon.
US Soccer announced that during the playing of the National Anthem before games, all players must ‘stand respectfully’.
This new policy directive was given at U.S. Soccer’s Annual General Meeting on Saturday. There was no discussion of consequences given for breaking this directive. Sunil Gulati, president of the US Soccer Federation said that policy violations will be dealt with as they happen.
It is clear that this directive is in direct response to the actions of Megan Rapinoe, a women’s team player who knelt in uniform during the playing of the National Anthem before a game in September. Rapinoe said that she was kneeling in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick, then-San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback. The kneeling was supposed to speak up against alleged police brutality, and Kaepernick and Rapinoe were joined by athletes all across the country.
Rapinoe reports that she has been left off rosters for this upcoming year.
US Soccer released a statement in response to Rapinoe’s actions:
“We have an expectation that our players and coaches will stand and honor the flag while the national anthem is played.”
Although athletes like Rapinoe may not be a fan of this, many associated with US Soccer are pleased with this new directive. Jill Ellis, women’s team coach, told The Associated Press on Saturday that she was pleased:
“I’ve always felt that that should be what we do, to honor the country, have the pride of putting on the national team jersey. I said that previously. I think that should be the expectation.”
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(H/T: Fox News)