Published: Sun, March 05, 2017
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

US Soccer passes policy requiring players to stand during national anthem

Rapinoe's actions came in conjunction with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, along with other National Football League players who had displayed similar demonstrations against police violence against minority communities that had materialized over that time frame.

The new rule is presumably a response to Rapinoe taking a knee during the US national anthem before multiple national team games starting on September 16 against Thailand. The measure was unanimously approved by the U.S. Soccer board of directors on February 9.

U.S. Soccer does not say what the punishment will be if players refuse to stand for the anthem.

. She had also chosen to kneel for her NWSL club, Seattle Reign.

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As of today, they're apparently the first major American sports organization to formally announce a requirement that players stand for the national anthem since Colin Kaepernick sparked anthem protests across several sports last fall.

U.S. Soccer said at the time that it did not agree with Rapinoe's decision. "As part of the privilege to represent your country, we have an expectation that our players and coaches will stand and honor our flag while the national anthem is played", it said in a statement.

U.S. Soccer has passed a new policy that would require players to stand for the national anthem at events where the federation is represented, according to FOX Sports' Stuart Holden.

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