The ban on kneeling American football can be lifted

The union’s board of directors plans to discuss the new policy on Tuesday, and an official vote is expected on Friday. If approved, the policy will take effect immediately, but will also need to be approved at the next annual meeting next year.

CNN reached for American football, but received no response.

The rule that forbade players to kneel during the anthem was passed in response to a question from U.S. women’s national team midfielder Megan Rapinoe kneeling for the National Anthem before the 2016 match against Thailand.

“All persons representing the national team of the Federation must stand with respect while playing national anthems at any event in which the Federation is represented,” policy 604-1 states.

Rapinoe first knelt during the national anthem before her team clashed with the Chicago Red Stars in solidarity with San Francisco 49ers volleyball player Colin Kaepernick.

Kaepernick, the fourth quarterback to take the 49ers to the Super Bowl in 2012, ignited a fiery critic when he sat in protest during the anthem to protest during the National Anthem, saying he would not honor the song or “show pride to the flag for a country oppressing blacks and people in colors “.

The murder of an unarmed black man George Floyd in May reignited Black Lives Matter is protesting across the United States and around the world. As people continue to take to the streets to express the need for police reform and racial equality, protesters hold signs and kneel with fists in the air.
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