December 2, 2022
UEFA Sending "Wrong Signal" With Rainbow Stadium Refusal: Germany | Football News

UEFA did not enable Allianz Arena to be lit in rainbow colors throughout a Euro 2020 recreation.© AFP

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Wednesday criticised UEFA’s determination to dam plans to gentle Munich’s Allianz Arena stadium in rainbow colors for Germany’s Euro 2020 match towards Hungary. “It’s true, the football pitch is not about politics,” Maas wrote on Twitter, after the European soccer physique blamed the “political context” for its determination. “It’s about people, about fairness, about tolerance. That’s why @UEFA is sending the wrong signal,” he mentioned. City authorities had needed the Allianz Arena — owned by Bayern Munich, however rented to UEFA for Euro 2020 — in rainbow colors for the essential Group F match to “send a visible sign of solidarity” with Hungary’s LGBT neighborhood.

But UEFA refused the request, insisting it should stay a “politically and religiously neutral organisation”.

Hungary’s right-wing authorities final week handed a regulation banning the “promotion” of homosexuality to minors, outlawing any instructional programmes or materials by which homosexuality is talked about.

UEFA’s transfer drew condemnation from soccer personalities throughout Europe, in addition to from Germany’s lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, transgender neighborhood.

After UEFA’s refusal, Munich Mayor Dieter Reiter introduced plans to embellish different metropolis landmarks in rainbow colors.


Munich will put up rainbow-coloured flags at its city corridor and illuminate an enormous wind turbine near the stadium, in addition to town’s 291-metre (955-foot) Olympic Tower.

Other stadiums throughout Germany are additionally planning rainbow gentle shows, together with Berlin’s iconic Olympic Stadium, in addition to Bundesliga stadiums in Cologne, Frankfurt and Wolfsburg.

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