U.S. Soccer’s board of administrators has voted to repeal a 2017 coverage that required nationwide group gamers to face throughout the nationwide anthem, a rule adopted after Megan Rapinoe kneeled in assist of Colin Kaepernick.
The board made the choice throughout a convention name, U.S. Soccer introduced Wednesday.
Coverage 604-1 states: “All individuals representing a Federation nationwide group shall stand respectfully throughout the enjoying of nationwide anthems at any occasion during which the Federation is represented.” The board handed the rule on Feb. 9, 2017.
The U.S. Soccer Athletes’ Council, which incorporates present nationwide group gamers Alex Morgan and Ali Krieger, in addition to former gamers like Landon Donovan, referred to as on U.S. Soccer to additionally apologize for the coverage to foster a “constructive relationship to exist going ahead.”
“Then and solely then will we really feel a brand new chapter between the united states and its athletes can start. Moreover, we urge US Soccer to develop a plan with motion gadgets targeted on anti-racism that might be shared publicly with its athletes, key stakeholders, and followers,” the council mentioned in a press release earlier this week.
USWNT planning to substantively tackle racial inequality
The U.S. Ladies’s Nationwide Crew Gamers Affiliation additionally referred to as for an apology from U.S. Soccer and a plan to substantively tackle racial inequality.
“Till USSF does so, the mere existence of the coverage will proceed to perpetuate the misconceptions and concern that clouded the true that means and significance of Colin Kaepernick, Megan Rapinoe and different athletes taking a knee — that Black folks in America haven’t been and proceed to not be afforded the identical liberties and freedoms as white folks and that police brutality and systemic racism exist on this nation,” the gamers mentioned in a press release.
Rapinoe took a knee throughout the anthem at a pair of nationwide group matches in 2016. She mentioned she wished to specific solidarity with Kaepernick, the previous San Francisco 49ers quarterback who silently took a knee throughout the nationwide anthem earlier than NFL video games to boost consciousness of police brutality and racial injustice.
Kaepernick and Rapinoe confronted sharp criticism for the protest for years. However sentiment among the many public has modified since George Floyd’s dying final month and the next protests.
Floyd, a black man, died after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck whereas Floyd was handcuffed and saying that he could not breathe. His dying sparked protests in Minneapolis and across the nation, a few of which grew to become violent.