Munich want to light up their stadium in LGBT colors for Hungary match

The city of Munich will ask UEFA for permission to light up its stadium in the rainbow colors of the LGBT community for the Euro match against Hungary on Wednesday, in protest against a law deemed discriminatory voted this week by the majority of Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

Munich’s SPD (Social Democratic) mayor Dieter Reiter “Will write to UEFA on Monday” to submit to the organizing body of the tournament a motion developed in City Council and approved by all political groups, said a spokesperson for the town hall on Sunday. “The capital of the Land (of Bavaria) values ​​diversity, tolerance and equality in sport and in all of society”, indicates the motion, and the stadium lighting is intended “A visible sign of solidarity with the LGBTI community in Hungary”.

The ball is now in the court of UEFA, which is not expected to comment until it receives the official request from the mayor of Munich.

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The Munich Arena – which belongs to Bayern Munich – is a translucent structure that allows the colors of the lighting to be changed, with the stadium seen from the outside then appearing illuminated from the inside.

This project aims to respond to a law passed Tuesday in Hungary which will lead, according to NGOs, to ban educational programs, advertisements, books or series in which homosexuality is mentioned.

The European Union has said “Very concerned” by this law and examines its legality, declared Wednesday the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen.

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