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MANCHESTER: UEFA have turned down a request from the mayor of Munich for the town’s stadium to be lit up in rainbow colors for Wednesday’s Euro 2021 match between Germany and Hungary.
Munich mayor Dieter Reiter had mentioned he needed to gentle up the stadium within the colors in protest in opposition to a brand new regulation in Hungary that bans the dissemination of content material in colleges deemed to advertise homosexuality and gender change.
The stadium, often called the Allianz Arena, dwelling to Bayern Munich, is configured to permit the whole exterior space and roofing to be lit up in varied colors.
In a press release, UEFA recommended various dates for the gesture throughout the event.
“UEFA, by way of its statutes, is a politically and religiously impartial organisation. Given the political context of this particular request – a message aiming at a choice taken by the Hungarian nationwide parliament – UEFA should decline this request,” the organisation mentioned in a press release on Tuesday.
“UEFA has nonetheless proposed to the town of Munich to light up the stadium with the rainbow colors on both 28 June – the Christopher Road Liberation Day – or between 3 and 9 July which is the Christopher Street Day week in Munich.”
Christopher Road Day occasions are held in reminiscence of an rebellion by homosexuals in New York in 1969.
The German Football Association (DFB) had mentioned on Monday that it will additionally want any protest or gesture to be held on one other date than Wednesday’s sport.
The Hungarian international minister Peter Szijjarto mentioned on Monday that “mixing politics and sport” was “dangerous and harmful”.
“There have been some makes an attempt to do that in world historical past and people ended very badly,” he instructed reporters.
“Everybody is aware of what that is about, we in Hungary handed a regulation to be able to shield Hungarian youngsters and there may be protest in opposition to this in Western Europe and so they additionally attempt to specific it by attempting to carry politics right into a sport occasion when that sport occasion has nothing to do with the nationwide legislature,” he mentioned.
“I believe this does quite a lot of hurt, expertise from historical past exhibits that that is mistaken, and I believe the Germans know this, if anybody, they actually know this very properly. So, mixing sports activities and politics is mistaken,”he added.
UEFA mentioned it was concerned in a lot of campaigns round variety and inclusion “to advertise the ethos that football ought to be open to everybody”.

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