The U.S. Soccer Federation National Council voted to repeal Policy 604-1 at Saturday’s annual general meeting. The coverage required gamers to stand for the nationwide anthem.
The vote to repeal the coverage acquired 71.34% of the weighed vote, according to ESPN. Although it had already been repealed in June, it nonetheless required an official vote.
The coverage was initially handed in 2017 and skim “All individuals representing a Federation nationwide workforce shall stand respectfully throughout the enjoying of nationwide anthems at any occasion during which the Federation is represented.”
The coverage was launched as a response to midfielder Megan Rapinoe, who took a knee throughout the nationwide anthem in 2016 to present solidarity and assist for NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick protested police brutality and racism in America by kneeling throughout the nationwide anthem whereas with the 49ers.
When discourse and feedback had been being made in opposition to the repeal of the coverage throughout the assembly, USSF president Cindy Parlow weighed in.
“That is in regards to the athletes’ and our employees’s proper to peacefully protest racial inequalities and police brutality,” Parlow mentioned. “So I urge our membership to please assist our employees and our athletes on this coverage.”