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US Soccer scraps anthem-kneeling policy

February 28, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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United States Soccer on Saturday voted to end a ban on players kneeling during the national anthem, something they have done to protest racial inequality and police brutality.

United States Soccer on Saturday voted to end a ban on players kneeling during the national anthem, something they have done to protest racial inequality and police brutality.

More than 70 percent of the members of US Soccer's ruling body voted to scrap the policy requiring players to "stand respectfully" during the song.

About 30 percent voted to keep the policy in place.

National Football League player Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the anthem in 2016 to protest racial injustice.

That policy was reversed in 2020 during a wave of national protests over racism and police brutality after the death of George Floyd in May. In June, US Soccer's board of directors voted to repeal the no-kneeling policy, which was put in place after Megan Rapinoe knelt in 2016.

That board vote required confirmation by the wider US Soccer governing body, which it received on Saturday.

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