Sunday’s NFL protests have sparked a huge debate on whether the team owners should allow the players to continue with their disrespectful actions. Many NASCAR owners have threatened their team members and also some NFL players have condemned the protests.
But some sports have been forgotten like soccer. U.S. soccer has strict rules against protesting the anthem. The U.S. Soccer Federation policy says all players are required to stand still during the national anthem.
“All persons representing a Federation national team shall stand respectfully during the playing of national anthems at any event in which the Federation is represented.”
After Trump’s speech, one spokesman for U.S. Soccer said to ESPN FC that they adopted this policy in February and they don’t plan to change it anytime soon.
They adopted this policy after Megan Rapinoe, the U.S. women’s national team midfielder, knelt during the national anthem when she was representing the national team.
The United States Soccer Federation issued a statement regarding her protest:
“Representing your country is a privilege and honor for any player or coach that is associated with U.S. Soccer’s National Team. Therefore, our national anthem has particular significance for U.S. Soccer.
In front of national and often global audiences, the playing of our national anthem is an opportunity for our Men’s and Women’s National Team players and coaches to reflect upon the liberties and freedom we all appreciate in this country.
As part of the privilege to represent your country, we have an expectation that our players and coaches will stand and honor our flag while the National Anthem is played.”
Don Garber, the League Soccer commissioner, stated on Monday:
“We felt very strongly that if you are given the honor of being called up to play for your country, and you’re going to wear our flag on your chest, you should stand for the national anthem.
And if you don’t want to do that, you don’t have to accept the call-up, because there are dozens and dozens of other people who would probably enjoy that honor.
U.S. Soccer is a national governing body, it’s under the auspices of the United States Olympic committee — and if you are given the honor to represent your country with USA swimming, and you win a gold medal, you have to stand for the national anthem.”
The USSF has made it pretty clear they are not going to tolerate such scandals, they do not want to have players disrespecting America.
While they have been vague on what the penalty will be and only stated it
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