Germany will play the final round of the European group stage against Hungary at 9 pm tonight.
The German hopes to highlight the rainbow-colored Allianz Arena during the game to send a message to the Hungarian authorities, led by conservative Prime Minister Victor Orban, who recently passed a law prohibiting the “promotion of homosexuality.”
UEFA vetoed the German decision, believing that it had a political background. Nevertheless, the German media wrote that Orban gave up participating in the Munich competition.
Not only from the LGBTIQ community, but also from numerous human rights organizations that have reacted fiercely to the ban, UEFA today adopted rainbow colors in its logo and issued an equally controversial statement entitled “UEFA Respects debt”.
“Today, UEFA wears the rainbow colors proudly. It is a symbol that embodies our core values and promotes everything we believe in-not just an equal society, but inclusive of all people, regardless of origin, religion or gender.”
Some people interpreted UEFA’s decision to reject Munich’s proposal to light up the stadium with rainbow colors for Euro 2020 matches as political. On the contrary, the request itself is political and has to do with the Hungarian national team coming to the stadium for tonight’s game against Germany.
For UEFA, debt is not a political symbol, but a symbol of our firm commitment to a more diverse and inclusive society,” UEFA said in a statement.
The press release comments on social networks have caused a lot of criticism of the contradictions and hypocrisy in the UEFA statement. The main message is that its decision to ban lighting is political in order to avoid offending the Hungarian government.