The football Federation of the USA abolished the rule requiring them to stand up during the national anthem

Федерация футбола США отменила правило, требующее вставать во время исполнения национального гимна

The football Federation of the USA (USSF) has amended the rules of the competition, according to which paragraph, require to stand during the national anthem of the country excluded from the document, reported on the official website of the organization.

“It became obvious that this policy was wrong and distracted from the important message of Black Lives Matter.

We listened to people, especially our players to understand and recognize a very real and meaningful experiences of black people and other minorities in our country.

We apologize to our players, especially black people, staff, fans and everyone who supports the eradication of racism.

Sport is a powerful platform to do good, and we didn’t use our platform as effectively as they should.

Our players have to decide how they can best use their platforms to fight against all forms of racism, discrimination and inequality.

We are ready to support our members in their efforts to achieve social justice. We can’t change the past but we can change the situation in future”, – reads the statement of the Federation.

Recall that to abolish the rule in USSF addressed the women’s national team. The rule was introduced in 2017 after the football player Megan Rapino got down on one knee during the national anthem in the match against Thailand.