BREAKING: U.S. Soccer ends policy requiring players to stand during national anthem

US Soccer’s members have voted to repeal a 2017 rule that required players to stand during the national anthem.

Per Bryan Armen Graham “the vote – 71% in favor with only a simply majority required – directly followed this sensational seven-minute dissent by Seth Jahn, a US Paralympian who is a current member US Soccer Athlete Council.”

.S. Soccer president Cindy Parlow Cone said “This is about the athletes’ and our staff’s right to peacefully protest racial inequalities and police brutality. So I urge our membership to please support our staff and our athletes on this policy.”

The original rule read:

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.

The rule was put in place in 2017 after Megan Rapinoe knelt in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick.

After the death of George Floyd, the rule was lifted.