UEFA added the rainbow to its logo on Wednesday as it defended its decision to refuse to allow Munich’s Allianz Arena to be illuminated in similar colors in protest of anti-LGBTQ laws passed in Hungary. In a statement European football’s governing body said it was “proud to wear the colors of the rainbow”, a symbol for the LGBTQ community, but maintained its decision by calling the City of Munich’s request to light up the stadium “political”. . Germany will play Hungary at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday on the final day of Euro 2020 group matches.
“The request itself was political, linked to the presence of the Hungarian football team at the stadium for this evening’s match with Germany,” UEFA said.
UEFA stated that the rainbow “is a symbol that embodies our core values, promoting everything we believe in – a more just and egalitarian society, tolerant of all, regardless of their background, faith or gender.” without doing”.
And it insisted that its decision to turn down Munich’s request was not political, adding that “the rainbow is not a political symbol, but a sign of our steadfast commitment to a more diverse and inclusive society”.
Munich’s request to light up stadiums in the Bavarian capital came after the Hungarian parliament approved a ban on “promotion” of homosexuality and gender change for minors, legislation that critics say is Russia’s law on “gay propaganda”. more rigid than
Last year gay couples were also effectively banned from adopting children, a measure that has led to a rare criticism of government policy by Hungarian sports personality – national team goalkeeper Peter Gulasi.
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