Rep. Congressman Calls Out US Womens Soccer Stars


A Republican congressman suggested the United States dispense with having a national soccer team after the U.S. Soccer Federation voted to repeal a 2017 policy that required players to stand during the national anthem.

“I’d rather the US not have a soccer team than have a soccer team that won’t stand for the National Anthem,” Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz tweeted on Thursday. “You shouldn’t get to play under our flag as our national team if you won’t stand when it is raised.”

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U.S. Soccer’s board of directors voted on Tuesday, reversing a rule adopted after star midfielder Megan Rapinoe knelt during the national anthem before a match in 2016 in solidarity with former NFL player Colin Kaepernick, who began the controversial protests against police brutality and racial inequality.

The decision was made two weeks after protests began to spread across the country following the death of George Floyd while in the custody of Minneapolis police officers.

The U.S. Soccer heralded the decision, tweeting, “Black Lives Matter. We can do more and we will.”

Gaetz, a close ally of President Trump, who has been highly critical of athletes who do not stand during the national anthem, criticized the move with a mocking twist on the “Defund the police” movement, tweeting, “Defund US Soccer!

Author: Spencer Neale

Source : Washington Examiner : Matt Gaetz: US shouldn’t have a national soccer team if players won’t stand for national anthem