Published: Sun, March 05, 2017
Sport | By Cecil Buchanan

US Soccer requires players to stand for anthem

The move came after Rapinoe kneeled during the U.S. anthem before the Thailand match in protest at social inequality, a move in support of National Football League quarterback Colin Kaepernick's kneeling protest over social and racial injustice.

The change comes after Megan Rapinoe kneeled before a USA women's senior team friendly against Thailand in September. "But I feel in my heart it is right to continue to kneel during the national anthem, and I will do whatever I can to be part of the solution".

Holden added that there is no stated punishment in this new policy. She had previously knelt during the anthem before a game with her club, the Seattle Reign, acting in solidarity with the similar action taken by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Meanwhile, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported this week Kaepernick is planning to stand for the national anthem during the 2017 NFL season.

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There will be no more kneeling on the pitch during the national anthem, the U.S. Soccer Federation announced Saturday.

Rapinoe made a decision to kneel in a protest of social inequality.

Now, the federation's stance is not only an expectation, but an official policy for all of U.S. Soccer.

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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