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Clubs show support for LGBTQ after controversial UEFA ruling

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Clubs show support for LGBTQ+ after controversial UEFA ruling

UEFA not a political or religious organisation

Earlier on Tuesday, UEFA rejected a request from the city of Munich, Germany, to light up the Allianz arena in Rainbow colours.

The intended plan was to stand in solidarity with members of the LGBTQ+ community in response to the latest law passed in Hungary.

The law in question, which banned the “promotion” of homosexuality to minors (people under the age of 18), meaning that educational facilities such as schools and colleges cannot teach students about homosexuality, pansexuality, or bisexuality.

However, UEFA’s response said that:

“UEFA is a politically and religiously neutral organisation.”

“Given the political context of this request – a message aimed at a decision taken by the Hungarian national parliament – UEFA must refuse.”

Many were quick to point to the organisation’s commitment to diversity and equality which they tweeted in 2019, a year before the tournament was due to start.

This is the second altercation that Germany have had with UEFA so far this tournament, with Manuel Neuer coming under scrutiny for wearing a rainbow captains armband, showing his support of Pride.

While they did eventually relent, many were surprised that the issue was even considered worthy of investigation in the first place.

Clubs fight back

Although Munich will not be lit up in rainbow colours ahead, several other clubs have stepped into the breach.

Stadiums in both Frankfurt and Cologne will show the rainbow flag during the game, and they will be joined by fellow Bundesliga clubs Hertha Berlin, VFL Wolfsburg and FC Augsburg.

Outside of Germany too, clubs showed their support, including Barcelona, who tweeted the importance of inclusivity.

It remains to be seen whether Munich will take UEFA up on their offer to light the stadium in rainbow colours on another occasion that isn’t so politically charged, but they certainly have achieved awareness even without the action itself.

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This article was edited by
Josh Barker.

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