UEFA’s Ban on Rainbow-Lighted Stadium in Munich Sends Wrong Signal, Maas Says
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Wednesday that UEFA was sending the wrong signal by forbidding Munich authorities to light the stadium in rainbow colors ahead of the EURO-2021 football match between Germany and Hungary.
On 21 June, the mayor of Munich asked UEFA for permission to illuminate Allianz Arena in rainbow colors ahead of the Germany-Hungary match in order to send a message to Hungary, which has recently adopted a law banning LGBTQ content in schools considered as promoting homosexuality. The law has been heavily criticised by the EU for human rights abuse and discrimination. UEFA did not allow rainbow illumination, regarding it as a political action.
However, Munich intends to express its support for LGBTQ community by lighting some objects near the stadium.
Es stimmt, auf dem Fußballplatz geht’s nicht um Politik. Es geht um Menschen, um Fairness, um Toleranz. Deshalb sendet die @UEFA das falsche Signal. Aber man kann heute ja zum Glück trotzdem Farbe bekennen – im Stadion und außerhalb😉. #loveislove #MuenchenMachEsTrotzdem https://t.co/hgQkc51UHp
— Heiko Maas 🇪🇺 (@HeikoMaas) June 23, 2021
ungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has reportedly canceled his visit to Munich for the match, but no official details have been released so far.