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Men's Football Munich mulls rainbow protest against Hungary's anti-LGBT laws

HUNGARY may play its final group game at the European Championship in a stadium lit up in rainbow colours.

Munich Mayor Dieter Reiter said today he was going to write to Uefa to ask for permission for Germany’s stadium to be lit up with the colours as a sign against homophobia and intolerance when the team plays Hungary on Wednesday.

“This is an important sign of tolerance and equality,” Reiter said.

Munich’s city council had already called for the stadium to be lit in rainbow colours for the final Euro 2020 group game to protest against a law passed by Hungarian politicians last Tuesday that prohibits sharing with minors any content portraying homosexuality or sex reassignment. The law has been denounced as anti-LGBT discrimination by human rights groups.

“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 organisers of the event, will have the final say.

The Munich city council accused Hungary “of following the example of Russia’s homophobic and transphobic legislation.”

“This legislation represents a new mark in the invisibility and disenfranchisement of lesbians, gays, bisexual, transgender and intersex people (LGBTI) and adds to the systematic restriction of the rule of law and fundamental freedoms that have been practiced for years in Hungary,” the council said.

Germany captain Manuel Neuer has already worn an armband in rainbow colours for his team’s opening group games against France and Portugal.

The council said Munich was “committed to diversity, tolerance and equality in sport and in society as a whole.”


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