UEFA ban rainbow stadium lighting at Allianz Arena

UEFA have turned down a request from the mayor of Munich for the city’s stadium to be lit up in rainbow colours.

This was suggested for Wednesday’s Euro 2020 match between Germany and Hungary.

Munich mayor Dieter Reiter had said he wanted to light up the stadium in the colours.

It was in a protest against a new law in Hungary that bans the dissemination of content in schools.

The content deemed to promote homosexuality and gender change.

It also restricts the media from showing content with homosexuality in programming accessible to minors.

Allianz Arena is configured to allow the entire external area and roofing to be lit up in various colours.

UEFA speaks

In a statement, UEFA suggested alternative dates for the gesture during the tournament.

“UEFA, through its statutes, is a politically and religiously neutral organisation.”

“Given the political context of this specific request – a message aiming at a decision taken by the Hungarian national parliament.”

“UEFA must decline this request,” the organisation said in a statement on Tuesday.

“UEFA has nevertheless proposed to the city of Munich to illuminate the stadium with the rainbow colours.

“On either 28 June – the Christopher Street Liberation Day – or between 3 and 9 July which is the Christopher Street Day week in Munich.”

Christopher Street Day events are held in memory of an uprising by homosexuals in New York in 1969.

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Budapest Pride organisers said they expected a “huge action” from their partner group in Munich.

“Munich LGBTQ organisations are preparing for the German-Hungary match on Wednesday with a huge action, they will hand out 11,000 rainbow flags in and around the stadium,” Budapest Pride said on their Facebook page.

The German Football Association (DFB) had said on Monday that it would also prefer any protest or gesture to be held on a date other than Wednesday.

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