FIFA rejects a proposal to light up a stadium in rainbow colors in response to a Hungarian decision


The European Football Association (UEFA) on Tuesday rejected a request from Munich to light up its stadium in the rainbow colors representing the LGBT community, during a meeting between Germany and Hungary (Hungary) in the European Football Championship.

Munich proposed the project in protest of a recent Hungarian law that critics say is being used to target the gay community.
UEFA said the political nature of the request was a violation of its rules.

union said in a statement“Given the political context of this specific request, a letter aimed at a decision taken by the Hungarian National Parliament, UEFA must reject this request.”

She stressed that she understands that the intention behind the proposal aspires to send a “message aspiring to raise awareness of equality and non-discrimination.”

He added that “racial discrimination, homophobia and all kinds of discrimination are a disgrace to our societies and constitute the biggest challenges facing the game (football) today,” noting that discrimination “was clearly manifested in the matches themselves, outside the stadiums and online in the vicinity of the game.” which we love.”

UEFA proposed to Munich lighting the stadium in rainbow colors “either on June 28, Christopher Street Liberation Day (the celebration of gays in Germany) or between July 3 and 9, Christopher Street Day in Munich.”

The controversy is the latest example of how political and cultural debates over identity have infiltrated the month-long tournament, which was portrayed as a way to bring some entertainment and normalcy to communities hit by the coronavirus pandemic, The New York Times reported.

The stadium lighting proposal has won widespread support in Germany, which ranked 16th in an annual EU-funded survey out of 49 gay-friendly European countries that boast LGBT communities in their major cities, including Munich, Cologne and Berlin. Hungary ranked 27th in the annual Human Rights and Equality Survey.

For his part, the mayor of Munich, in a statement to reporters, criticized the federation’s decision, and said: “It is shameful that UEFA here in Munich deprives us of presenting a message of universality, tolerance, respect and solidarity with so many LGBT people.”

“In my opinion, the German Football Association behaved very unfortunate despite the total political support here in Munich… They made a concession that I find very absurd, which is to light the Allianz stadium on another day, I don’t see any sense in this decision.”

This came several days after UEFA suspended its investigation into the wearing of Germany captain Manuel Neuer. Rainbow driving badge In a sign of his support for the LGBT community in the world.

The goalkeeper of the “Manchavite” national team wore a rainbow badge on his arm during the match that brought his team with Portugal in the framework of the European Nations Cup, which ended with the victory of the Germans by four goals to two.


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