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Euro: LGBT flag displayed everywhere in Germany to denounce Hungarian law


After UEFA refused to light up the Allianz Arena in Munich in rainbow colors during the Euro match between Germany and Hungary on Wednesday, the flag symbolizes the LGBT community was invited all over the country, in reaction. A man waved the LGBT flag on the lawn just before the match.

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Wearing these colors on this occasion was motivated by denouncing a law deemed homophobic about to come into force in Viktor Orban’s Hungary.

This legislation banning the distribution of content on homosexuality to minors, due to come into force in July, has provoked a politico-sporting controversy of rare intensity, involving UEFA, European governments and EU institutions.

From the Munich stadium in LGBT colors to Griezmann’s tweet, the “Rainbowgate” shakes European football

The city of Munich, where the Germany-Hungary (2-2) match took place on Wednesday evening as part of the Euro, originally wanted to illuminate the stadium with the colors symbols of the LGBT community and tolerance, in order to “To send a clear signal of solidarity” with homosexuals.

But UEFA refused, citing an obligation of political neutrality, drawing widespread criticism across Europe.

The rainbow flag almost everywhere in Germany

As a sign of mistrust of the European Football Federation, several other German football stadiums in Berlin, Frankfurt, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Cologne or even Augsburg were illuminated in the evening in rainbow colors.

Many municipalities in the country have lit their town halls in the same way, starting with Munich, but also concert halls like the Hamburg Elbphilharmonie, or large companies like the national railway company.

By not wanting to politicize football, UEFA has made the “Rainbowgate” very political

In the stands, amid the black, red and gold German flags, many spectators also held small rainbow-colored flags, distributed before the match in front of the stadium by LGBT defense associations.

“Clear opposition to discrimination and support for freedom and tolerance”, also tweets from the stands the Minister-President of Bavaria, Markus Söder, wearing a rainbow-colored anti-Covid mask.



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