The European Football Association (UEFA) has rejected Munich’s plans to light up the Allianz Arena in rainbow colors during Germany’s meeting with Hungary in the European Cup tomorrow, to support gays and protest against a law passed by Hungary.
“UEFA is a politically and religiously neutral organization,” the Confederation said in a statement today, Tuesday. “Given the political context of this request, which is a message aimed at a decision taken by the Hungarian National Parliament, the European Union declares its rejection of this matter.”
The Confederation expressed its “understanding that the goal is to send a message to promote diversity”, and accepted the idea, suggesting other dates for the lighting of the stadium in rainbow colors: on June 28 (Gay Parade Day), or between July 3 and 9 next Christopher Street Day in Munich .
UEFA said it had regularly campaigned for diversity and equality in football, explaining that “racism, homophobia, sexism and all forms of discrimination are a disgrace to our societies and represent one of the biggest problems facing football today”.
And the Hungarian parliament approved, last week, a law that prohibits the sharing of any content that deals with homosexuality or transsexualism with minors.
Rights groups denounced the text of the law, considering it discriminatory against homosexuals and transgender people.