The U.S. Soccer Board of Directors voted yesterday to repeal Policy 604-1, which required our players to stand during the national anthem.— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) June 11, 2020
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The vote to repeal US Soccer's anthem policy was NOT unanimous, and came after the board heard from three members of US NTs in Tuesday's conference call. I'm told not all of those players spoke in favor of repeal, which is refreshing. People don't agree on this issue.— Andrew Das (@AndrewDasNYT) June 10, 2020
- The rule requiring players to stand was implemented after Megan Rapinoe knelt in support of Colin Kaepernick in 2016.
- Before implementing the rule Rapinoe knelt multiple times during the anthem (first for her club team then the national team), she was subsequently left off multiple rosters with no real explanation as to why.
- Once US Soccer implemented Policy 604-1, Rapinoe was called back up. She didn't kneel again but also didn't sing the anthem or put her hand on her chest.
- They repealed the policy yesterday. It wasn't a unanimous decision.
- 1 player from each of the 3 national teams (Womens, Mens, Para) were on the call and at least 1 of them argued the policy should be kept.
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