Germany-Hungary, the last match of Group F of the European Championships, will be played tomorrow Wednesday 23 June at the Allianz Arena in Munich but for that occasion the Bayern facility will not be colored with arcobaleno. UEFA took this decision directly by saying no to the request of Mayor Dieter Reiter, who would have liked to support the LGBT movement. Reason? No to political or other references in the world of football.
The coach of the Germany, Joachim Loew, tried to act as a firefighter on the eve of the match against the Hungarians: “Everyone knows how I see the situation and what happens in the world. But I am focused on the game, we want to do a business. I would have been happy, but it is important that we do not turn off the lights with our behavior. The important thing is to live these values. “.
But obviously the case broke out.
The captain of Germany, goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, will wear the headband with the colors of the rainbow and on this, UEFA has given the green light but not the picturesque coloring of the whole Allianz Stadium which will not become a giant rainbow. The Germans would have liked a positive response from UEFA in order to clearly distance themselves from the laws of the Budapest government regarding the homosexuals. But what does football have to do with politics? Nothing.
L’Hungary of President Orbán, in fact, approved a series of rules presented by the ruling party that prohibit the representation and discussion of sexual orientations other than heterosexual in school programs and in the media that are aimed at minors under 18.
No to political references
UEFA, in the figure of the president Alexander Ceferin, motivated the sharp no to the mayor of Munich in this way: “UEFA understands that the intention is to send a message to promote diversity and inclusion, but it is a politically and religiously neutral organization. Given the political context of this specific request, UEFA must decline.”
No all travel
Despite the dry no received fromUefa, the mayor of Monaco does not give up as he will make other buildings in the city rainbow colored: “The rainbow is a sign that represents freedom. The flag represents how we want to live, in mutual respect and without discrimination”. Not only the city where Germany-Hungary will be played, as other German stadiums will also be colored with rainbow. Cologne and Frankfurt have already announced that they will join the initiative and so will the Olympiastadion in Berlin, the home of the capital.
Juventus and Bayern solidali
The initiative has also joined the Juventus who colored his logo rainbow and posted the photo on Twitter with this caption: “Everyone Loves Football”, everyone loves football, along with the hashtag ‘Differences Make The Differencè.
– JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) June 22, 2021
Even the Bayern, owner of the stadium where the third and final match of group F will be played, wanted to have his say through president Herbert Hainer:“We would have been happy to be able to light up the Allianz with rainbow colors. Openness and tolerance are fundamental values.”
No all mode
In recent years we have seen players kneeling against the racism, also recently at the European Championships with some players from Italy as protagonists, in favor of the BlackLivesMatter movement and now also the rainbow-colored stadium: UEFA has decided to say no so as not to let these issues enter, rightly, into the world of football .
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