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UEFA refuses Pride colours at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany


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Tomorrow (June 23th) the national German football team (Die Mannshaft) will be up against the national Hungarian team in the 2021 European Championship.

The game takes place in Germany, Munich at the Allianz Arena.

 

Initial reports said the Allianz Arena was to be lit up in pride colours to out their displeasure with Hungary approving a discriminating law against LGBTQ+ people.

They did the same thing with the Arena in the past to show support to the community during pride.

Allianz on Twitter: "#Pride is and always has been about more than just a  parade – it's about being your authentic self & wearing your (metaphorical)  rainbow with pride. Tomorrow night at #

However, UEFA, the Union of European Football Associations, has REFUSED the arena to be lit up in these colours.

They claim this is a politcal matter and that football should be free of politics. Which is a bit ironic since players have been kneeling on one knee to support the Black Lives Matter movement which UEFA thinks is fine.

 

So what's the difference between discriminating against black people or against LGTBQ+ people?

UEFA finds itself in hot water as a lot of people are left outraged.

 

Manuel Neuer, the goalkeeper of the German national football team wore pride-colours before to out support in the team's name.

Many are wondering if he will wear it again at the game tomorrow.

Manuel Neuer: UEFA backs down over Germany captain wearing rainbow armband  | Evening Standard

 

It's also 'funny' to mention UEFA has tweeted in the past about being inclusive:

Kan een afbeelding zijn van buitenshuis en , met de tekst UEFA @UEFA 3 aug. 2019 Proud that #EURO2020 ర will be a tournament for everyone #EqualGame Amsterdam: UEFA E... .3 aug. 2019 Be Proud Of It Pass It On to everyone. EURO 2020: het toernooi van iedereen, met iedereen #EURO2020 #passiton #pride2019 728 2,7K 1K

 

Messy? Hypocrite? You call it.

 

* to be clear, I'm fine with people supporting BLM but I don't get why supporting LGBTQ+ would be any different!

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