Bayern mayor’s plan to bypass UEFA’s rainbow lights decision

Munich Mayor Dieter Reiter has said that UEFA’s blockade on the rainbow-colored lighting of the Allianz Arena is “shameful”.

On Tuesday morning, UEFA responded to a request from several Bavarian politicians – Reiter included – to light up the stadium in the colors of pride for the Euro 2020 meeting of Germany and Hungary.

They wanted to show their solidarity with the LGBTQ community in Hungary, which was affected by the introduction of several anti-LGBTQ laws under Prime Mister Viktor Orban.

Among them, non-heterosexual lifestyles are prohibited from being included in literature and mainstream media aimed at those under the age of 18.

In a report, UEFA rejected Reiter’s request, declaring: “UEFA, by virtue of its statutes, is a politically and religiously neutral organization.

“Given the political context of this specific request – a message aimed at a decision taken by the Hungarian national parliament – UEFA must decline this request.

“UEFA has nevertheless proposed to the city of Munich to illuminate the stadium in the colors of the rainbow either on June 28 – Christopher Street Liberation Day – or between July 3 and 9 which is the week of Christopher Street Day in Munich. “

The Allianz Stadium in Munich is hosting its last Euro 2020 match on July 2 and will not be used on June 28.

“I find it shameful that UEFA forbids us to send a signal of tolerance, respect and solidarity with the many people in the LGBTIQ community,” Reiter replied on Tuesday.

The mayor plans to light up the giant wind turbine near the stadium in rainbow colors, while decorating Munich city hall in the colors of pride.

UEFA’s decision naturally drew criticism from the wider football community.

A lot – like BBCGary Lineker – told the Munich authorities to ignore UEFA’s weak decision, saying: “Do it Munich. Do it. Turn it on for the world to see. “

Meanwhile, several German cities like Frankfurt, Berlin and Cologne say they will light up their stadiums in the colors of pride.

German Senator for Economic Affairs Ramona Pop said: “You are always happy to be celebrated for actions against homophobia and racism, but ban a rainbow arena at Euro 2020 as a symbol of tolerance and diversity. What an indictment, UEFA “

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