The U.S. Soccer Federation has recently decided to take a stand against any players who don’t stand during the national anthem before games. Other forms of protest were also included.
It implemented a policy requiring all national team members to “stand respectfully” during the national anthem.
KSDK reported that the policy came to light Saturday before the U.S. women’s national team competed against England in a SheBelieves Cup match. Policy 604-1 stated: “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.”
Fox Soccer analyst Stuart Holden posted an image of the policy to Twitter:
— Stuart Holden (@stuholden) March 4, 2017
U.S. Soccer’s board of directors passed the new rule on Feb. 9, The Associated Press reported.
The decision came after midfielder Megan Rapinoe knelt during “The Star-Spangled Banner” prior to a match last fall. The new policy could target other behavior, such as having one’s back to the flag or making derogatory gestures. Rapinoe was not on the roster for the SheBelieves Cup match because she was recovering from knee surgery.
Fox Sports reported that federation president Sunil Gulati said that consequences would be discussed when an infraction occurs.
U.S. coach Jill Ellis said she supported the policy.
“I’ve always felt that that should be what we do to honor the country and have the pride of putting on a national team jersey. I said that previously, I think that should be the expectation. That’s our workplace out there and we should represent ourselves and our country,” Ellis said.
Liberals everywhere will be up in arms about this patriotic policy, but we think it’s a good one.
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