U.S. Soccer Now Requires Players To ‘Stand Respectfully’ During National Anthems!

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U.S. Soccer won’t stand for silent protesting during the national anthem.

The federation has implemented a policy that requires players, coaches, and anyone involved with the national teams to “stand respectfully” when the national anthem plays before games.

The new rule comes after Megan Rapinoe took a knee during The Star-Spangled Banner before a U.S. women’s game last fall to join Colin Kaepernick‘s protest of racial oppression in the country.

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After the star midfielder took a knee, U.S. Soccer released a statement that they have “an expectation that our players and coaches will stand and honor the flag while the national anthem is played.”

Well, that expectation turned into a requirement when the new policy was revealed on Saturday at U.S. Soccer’s Annual General Meeting:

The policy does not state a punishment for those athletes who violate it; federation president Sunil Gulati said they will address any ramifications if someone decides to violate the policy.

However, players could get a penalty for more than simply kneeling during the anthem.

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Turning one’s back to the flag, making a derogatory gesture, or any number of disrespectful actions would also violate the policy — and the punishment would vary based on just how the person does not “stand respectfully.”

Hmm… this whole “respect the flag… or else!” mentality seems pretty un-American for us — though it does seem to fit in with Donald Trump‘s America.

What do YOU think of the policy? Should players be required to stand during the national anthem?

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Mar 6, 2017 10:15am PDT

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