U.S. Soccer Federation adopts policy that says players “shall stand respectfully” during national anthems

Members of the US team sing the national anthem before their 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup quarterfinal match between the US and China at Lansdowne Stadium in Ottawa, Ontario on June 26, 2015. AFP PHOTO/NICHOLAS KAMM (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

HARRISON, N.J. — The U.S. Soccer Federation has adopted a policy that says national team players “shall stand respectfully” during national anthems.

The policy was approved last month but came to light Saturday, March 4th before the U.S. women’s national team lost to England in a SheBelieves Cup match. A Fox Soccer analyst posted an image of the rule on Twitter.

The policy comes after midfielder Megan Rapinoe knelt during the anthem at a pair of national team matches last year. Rapinoe has said she wanted to express solidarity with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who knelt last season in an attempt to bring attention to racial inequality.

Rapinoe was not on the roster for the national team for the SheBelieves Cup tournament while she continues to regain her form after knee surgery. She also knelt last year during a game with the Seattle Reign, her National Women’s Soccer League team.

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  • deleted again

    This should not have to be put in policy. If you don’t want to stand out of respect for your flag and country then don’t play on a team from the USA. .

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