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Offbeat Germany-Hungary: UEFA forbids Munich to enlighten its rainbow stage

15:20  22 june  2021
15:20  22 june  2021 Source:   liberation.fr

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Le stade de Munich illuminé aux couleurs de l'arc-en-ciel le 30 janvier, action symbolique pour les droits LGBT+ que la capitale bavaroise voulait renouveler à l'occasion du match entre l'Allemagne et la Hongrie mercredi. © Frank Hoerman The illuminated Munich Stadium in the colors of the rainbow on January 30, symbolic action For LGBT + rights that the Bavarian capital wanted to renew on the occasion of the match between Germany and Hungary on Wednesday.

Germany wanted to send a strong signal to the LGBT community, UEFA decided otherwise. The European football confederation refused on Tuesday the project of the city of Munich to illuminate its stage in rainbow colors for the match of the Euro Germany-Hungary which takes place this Wednesday night, to protest against A homophobic law voted by Budapest . A decision that "regret" France, affirmed to AFP Clément Beaune, Secretary of State for European Affairs.

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"By its statutes, UEFA is a politically and religiously neutral organization, can be read in the statement published by UEFA. Given the political context of this request - a message aimed at a decision taken by the Hungarian National Parliament -, UEFA must refuse this application. " The European instance nevertheless specifies that it "understands the intention to send a message to promote diversity and inclusion", but proposes that the stadium be illuminated in rainbow colors to others Opportunities.

This idea came from the mayor of Munich, Dieter Reiter, who had written Monday to UEFA and the German Football Federation to justify this choice. "The capital of the Land [Bavaria] has for values ​​diversity, tolerance and equality in sport and throughout society," explained, legitimizing the illumination of the stadium as "a sign Visible solidarity with the LGBTI community in Hungary ".

UEFA prohibits Munich Rainbow Stadium against Hungary

 UEFA prohibits Munich Rainbow Stadium against Hungary The Munich EM-Arena may not shine in rainbow colors in Germany's game against Hungary. The UEFA refused the request - and made a counterproposal. © Picture Alliance No rainbow colors on Wednesday against Hungary: The EM-Arena in Munich.


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a law to prohibit the "promotion" of homosexuality

in Hungary on the contrary, the project N ' had not pleased. "It is extremely harmful and dangerous to mix sport and political. The story shows us that it is a bad thing, and the Germans in particular know it very well, " had peter szijjarto, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Hungarian.

Since the return to power of Viktor Orbán in 2010, his government has stopped tackling gender and sexual orientation issues. On June 15, the Hungarian Parliament has largely adopted a text aimed at to prohibit the "promotion" of homosexuality with minors . In fact, this new text could according to NGOs prohibit educational programs, advertising, books or series in which homosexuality is evoked. Previously, many laws had already been voted, interding in particular to the trans people to change the civil status , limiting the possibility of adopting a child for homosexual couples, or registering the "genus" in the Constitution .

Rainbow Flag: Companies and Institutions Protest against UEFA .
The European Football Association UEFA has prohibited that the Munich Em-Arena shines to today's game in rainbow colors. Numerous companies protest by customizing their logos. © Anahtiris / Shutterstock The Allianz Arena in Munich shines in the rainbow colors.

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