MLS requires Players to stand during national anthem
Major League Soccer has created a new policy that all players, coaches, and anyone that is involved with Major League Soccer have to “stand respectfully” when the national anthem is being played. The new policy 604–1 (National anthem) states that “All persons representing a Federation national team shall stand respectfully during the playing of national anthems at any event in which the Federation is represented.” This new policy was revealed during the U.S. Soccer’s Annual General Meeting. This all happened after Megan Rapinoe kneeled during “The Star-Spangled Banner” was being played. Megan was protesting racial oppression in the country. It is now an expectation that it doesn’t matter which event everyone concerning the Major League Soccer have to “stand respectfully” to the national anthem. There is no statement as to whether if the policy is not followed that there will be any punishment. Sunil Gulati, president of the Federation, said that if anyone violates the policy there would be consequences that are yet to be decided. Each punishment will depend on the way the person disrespects the national anthem.