Euro 2020: UEFA investigating potential discrimination incidents during Hungary’s match against Portugal and France

Euro 2020:  The UEFA is currently investigating discrimination during Hungary’s matches against Portugal and France.

During Hungary’s opening match against Portugal on Tuesday, images on social media showed banners with “Anti-LMBTQ” on them — the Hungarian abbreviation for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer.

Hungary’s parliament passed legislation last week that bans the dissemination in schools of content deemed to promote homosexuality and gender change, amid strong criticism from human rights groups and opposition parties.

Euro 2020: The anti-discrimination group Fare, which monitors matches for incidents of racism and other forms of discrimination, sent a report to UEFA and discussed the matter with officials.

On Saturday ahead of Hungary’s match against France, Hungarian fans marched to the Puskas Arena displaying a banner calling on players to stop taking a knee to protest racism.

In a statement, UEFA said it has appointed an ethics and disciplinary inspector to investigate the incidents.

UEFA also said it would not punish Germany’s Football Association (DFB) nor goalkeeper Manuel Neuer for wearing a rainbow armband during the tournament.

A UEFA investigation concluded that the armband is, in fact, a “symbol of diversity and thus a good cause” and therefore does not fall foul of UEFA’s rules around “political symbols” which are forbidden and usually results in a fine for the national association.

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Euro 2020: In addition, the final group stage match between Hungary and Germany could be played in a stadium lit up in rainbow colors.

Munich mayor Dieter Reiter said on Sunday he was going to write to UEFA to ask for permission for Germany’s stadium to be lit up with the colors as a sign against anti-gay prejudice and intolerance when the teams play on Wednesday.

This is an important sign of tolerance and equality,” Reiter told news agency dpa.

Munich’s city council had already called for the stadium to be lit in rainbow colors for the final Euro 2020 group game to protest the law passed by Hungarian lawmakers.

“It is important for the state capital Munich to set a visible sign of solidarity with the LGBTI community in Hungary, which is suffering from the current stricter homophobic and transphobic legislation of the Hungarian government,” the Munich council said in its application.

UEFA, as organizers of the event, will have the final say.

Euro 2020The only stadium to allow a full capacity crowd during the Euros, the Puskas Arena was completed in 2019 as a pet project of populist Prime Minister Viktor Orban, a football fanatic who has often been criticized for spending on his favorite sport.

Hungary has weathered the second wave of COVID-19, with new cases averaging 100 to 200 a week recently. But it has the world’s second-highest number of COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 people, based on Johns Hopkins University data.

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