U.S. Soccer Considers Removing Ban On Kneeling During National Anthem

The USSF has some apologies to make.

The United States Soccer Federation (USSF) has begun to consider repealing its ban on players kneeling during the national anthem. The board of directors plans to meet on Tuesday, June 9 to discuss the policy.

This comes in the wake of outrage and resulting protests over the murder of George Floyd while in police custody. Protests in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and against police brutality have sprung up across the nation and are now drawing global attention.

But police brutality is not a new topic. Four years ago, NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick decided to take a knee during the national anthem as a silent protest against police brutality.

His actions sparked inspiration as well as outrage. Many critics argued that kneeling was a sign of disrespect to the flag. Others argued that the violation of basic human rights is the only real form of disrespect. 

A slew of athletes then kneeled in support of Kaepernick and the movement, one of those athletes being USWNT star Megan Rapinoe. 

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With the protests now being renewed in 2020 for the same issues, the USSF is facing critique.

Even though they are considering the removal of Policy 604-1 — implemented in 2017 — which banned kneeling during the national anthem, it’s not enough. 

Four years later and we're still fighting the same battle.

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