Megan Rapinoe had knelt through the US nationwide anthem in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick in 2016.© AFP
America Soccer Federation is contemplating scrapping a rule which bans gamers from kneeling through the nationwide anthem, ESPN reported on Monday. USSF president Cindy Parlow Cone known as for the coverage to be mentioned at a board assembly as a result of happen on Tuesday, ESPN reported on its web site. A USSF spokesperson was not instantly obtainable to touch upon the report. In a controversial transfer, US soccer launched a rule in 2017 which formally states that gamers should “stand respectfully” through the nationwide anthem.
It got here after US ladies’s group star Megan Rapinoe kneeled through the anthem at a global in 2016.
Rapinoe took a knee in solidarity with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Kaepernick had begun kneeling through the anthem in August 2016 in an effort to draw consideration to racial injustice following the deaths of a number of unarmed black males throughout confrontations with police.
Kaepernick’s kneeling protest has turn into an emblematic expression of solidarity adopted through the current demonstrations throughout america and all over the world for the reason that demise of George Floyd in Minneapolis on Might 25.
Protesters and law enforcement officials have all taken a knee through the protests whereas sports activities stars in Germany’s Bundesliga have all kneeled earlier than current matches.
Gamers from English Premier League giants Liverpool additionally knelt in a photograph distributed via the membership’s social media channels final week.
ESPN mentioned if US Soccer’s board votes to repeal the coverage, it might take impact instantly however would nonetheless should be voted on on the federation’s annual assembly subsequent 12 months.
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