US Soccer has lifted the ban on football players kneeling during the national anthem.
The rule was introduced in 2016 after female star Megan Rapinoe knelt in solidarity with ex-NFL player Colin Kaepernick, who began to kneel during the anthem to protest racial injustice.
The American football council called its previous position “false”.
The move comes amid global protests over the death of George Floyd.
Floyd, an unarmed black man, died in police custody in Minneapolis last month. His death has refocused attention on the issue of racism and police brutality.
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In a statement, the American Football Federation said that kneeling was a form of protest against “police brutality and the systematic oppression of blacks and people of color in America.”
The decision to ban the gesture, he continued, “was wrong and detracted from the important message of Black Lives Matter.”
On Saturday, the National Football League (NFL) canceled its own ban on kneeling players.
Taking a knee has been used in many protests since Floyd’s death.
NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick began to kneel at the start of games in 2016, declaring at the time: “I’m not going to get up to show the pride of a flag for a country that oppresses blacks. and people of color. ”
He was later joined by a number of other players, before the NFL introduced a rule – later repealed – that teams would be fined if players refused to play the anthem.
Kaepernick became a free agent after the 2016 season but has yet to sign. Kaepernick filed a grievance against the NFL owners in October 2017, saying they were conspiring not to hire him because of his kneeling protests.
The two sides resolved the grievance in February under a confidentiality agreement.
President Donald Trump has repeatedly asked for kneeling players to be fired.