United States Soccer Federation
The USSF was the first sports organization in the U.S. to pass legislation that prevented athletes from using sport as a platform to raise awareness for social injustice within the U.S. However, in 2020, the USSF made an about-face and repealed its national anthem policy (Policy 604-1), which had been enacted in response to Megan Rapinoe’s decision to kneel during the national anthem before U.S national team matches. The USSF’s decision was made in June 2020 in response to the growing outcry following the death of George Floyd. In announcing its repeal, the USSF issued the following statement:
“U.S. Soccer affirms...
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