Big league Soccer said on Tuesday it would make no changes to its longstanding policy of supporting tranquil demonstrations by players or staff during the pre-game playing of the U.S. national anthem.

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick knelt throughout the anthem in 2016 to call attention to racial inequality and police brutality and has actually not been signed by any National Football League (NFL) group given that the end of that season.

The questionable problem has actually returned to the fore in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, a black male in Minneapolis who passed away after a white law enforcement officer kneeled on his neck for nearly 9 minutes, triggering protests in the United States and beyond.

” Major League Soccer waits the perfects of liberty of speech and the right to serene protest that are the hallmarks of the United States and Canada,” the expert North American league said in a declaration.

” If players or personnel choose to stand, kneel or otherwise exercise their right to tranquil demonstration during the playing of the nationwide anthems prior to league games, we support them.”

The declaration follows NFL commissioner Roger Goodell last week said the league slipped up not listening to players and motivated them to speak up and quietly demonstration.

It likewise comes on the same day that the United States Soccer Federation, which manages the sport’s U.S. national groups, was arranged to meet to consider reversing a policy needing national team players to stand throughout the nationwide anthem.

The policy was put in place in 2017 after U.S. women’s nationwide employee Megan Rapinoe took a knee during the playing of the anthem prior to a match against Thailand in 2016.