Euro 2020: UEFA has responded to the criticism by adding a rainbow to their logo following severe backlash over their decision to refuse the illumination of Allianz Arena during the Germany vs Hungary match. Germany is scheduled to face Hungary at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday to decide their fate.
In a statement European football’s governing body said it “is proud to wear the colours of the rainbow”, a symbol for the LGBTQ community, but defended its decision by saying the city of Munich’s request to illuminate the stadium was “political”.”The request itself was political, linked to the Hungarian football team’s presence in the stadium for this evening’s match with Germany,” UEFA said.
Germany vs Hungary: UEFA said that the rainbow was “a symbol that embodies our core values, promoting everything that we believe in – a more just and egalitarian society, tolerant of everyone, regardless of their background, belief or gender”.
And it insisted that its decision to turn down Munich’s request was not political, saying that “the rainbow is not a political symbol, but a sign of our firm commitment to a more diverse and inclusive society”.
Munich’s request to illuminate the stadium in the Bavarian capital came after the Hungarian parliament approved a ban on the “promotion” of homosexuality and gender change to minors, legislation that critics say is even harsher than Russia’s law on “gay propaganda”.
Last year homosexual couples were also effectively banned from adopting children, a measure that led to rare criticism of government policy by a Hungarian sports personality — the national team’s goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi.
When will Euro 2020 GER vs HUN LIVE be Started? – Date
Germany vs Hungary Live Live will start on June 24, 2021.
What Time Euro 2020 GER vs HUN LIVE Will begin? Time
Germany vs Hungary will begin at 12.30 AM IST.