The following is an excerpt from an article at JustTheNews.com.
The U.S. Soccer Board of Directors has voted to revoke a policy that required athletes remain standing for the national anthem.
"The policy was put in place after Megan Rapinoe kneeled in solidarity with the peaceful protest inspired by Colin Kaepernick, who was protesting police brutality, and the systemic oppression of black people and people of color in America. It has become clear that this policy was wrong and detracted from the important message of Black Lives Matter," the U.S. Soccer Federation said in a statement about the vote Tuesday.
Such kneeling protests have proven polarizing over the years, spurring strong societal debate.
National attention has focused on issues relating to race in the wake of the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minnesota. Floyd, a black man, was pinned by a white officer and could be heard in a video saying that he could not breathe.
In its statement U.S. Soccer also issued an apology to "all who support eradicating racism." (Continued...)
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