The National Football League will no longer allow players to kneel on the field during the national anthem, according to a series of updated guidelines released by the league on Wednesday.
“All team and league personnel on the field shall stand and show respect for the flag and Anthem,” reads the first bullet point. “A club will be fined by the league if its personnel are on the field and so not stand and show respect for the flag and the Anthem.”
The new guidelines will also no longer require that players appear on the field during the performance of the anthem, and will allow anyone wishing to protest to remain in the locker room.
“We believe today’s decision will keep our focus on the game and the extraordinary athletes who play it — and on our fans who enjoy it,” the league’s statement read.