U.S. Soccer Passes Policy Requiring Players To Stand During National Anthem
Last fall, women’s soccer player Megan Rapinoe showed her support for San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick by kneeling during the playing of the National Anthem, while also giving a ‘nod to Kaepernick’.
That won’t be happening again now or in the future as U.S. Soccer passed a new policy that would require players to stand for the national anthem at events where the federation is represented, according to FOX Sports’ Stuart Holden.
— Stuart Holden (@stuholden) March 4, 2017
“All persons representing a Federation national team shall stand respectfully during the playing of national anthems at any event in which the Federation is represented,” new policy 604-1 states.
A few days after Rapinoe kneeled, the Washington Spirit soccer team played the anthem before the players hit the field so the fans wouldn’t be subjected to any disrespect by kneeling athletes.