More than 70 p.c of the members of US Soccer’s ruling physique voted to scrap the coverage requiring gamers to “stand respectfully” through the tune. About 30 p.c voted to maintain the coverage in place.
“We know that this is a very divisive issue within our country and throughout the world,” US Soccer President Cindy Parlow Cone instructed reporters.
“So I was not surprised that our membership was not 100 percent one way or the other.”
The US ladies’s nationwide group stood as a bunch through the anthem previous to their SheBelieves Cup sport on February 21 after some knelt within the match opener on February 18.
Team members mentioned they had been previous the protesting part of the anthem debate however are nonetheless dedicated to preventing to finish systemic racism.
National Football League participant Colin Kaepernick started kneeling through the anthem in 2016 to protest racial injustice. Other gamers joined him till group house owners banned the apply. That coverage was reversed in 2020 throughout a wave of nationwide protests over racism and police brutality after the demise of George Floyd in May.
That board vote required affirmation by the broader US Soccer governing physique, which it acquired on Saturday.