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UEFA rejects Munich’s application for rainbow-coloured stadium

UEFA has declined the Munich city council’s application to have its stadium illuminated in rainbow colours for Germany’s final European Championship group game against Hungary on Wednesday.

The governing body said in a statement on Tuesday that it understands the intention behind the proposal, but “must decline this request” because of its political context. The UEFA statement said the city’s request was “a message aiming at a decision taken by the Hungarian national parliament.”

Munich’s Mayor Dieter Reiter’s application on behalf of the council made clear it wanted to protest a law passed by Hungarian lawmakers last week that prohibits sharing with minors any content portraying homosexuality or sex reassignment.

Human rights groups have described the law as discriminatory and anti-LGBT.

But UEFA said it believes “that discrimination can only be fought in close collaboration with others” and it proposed that Munich illuminates the stadium with the rainbow colours on June 28 for Christopher Street Day or between July 3-9 for the Christopher Street Day week in the city.

The football governing body said these dates “align better with existing events.”

On Monday, German football federation spokesman Jens Grittner suggested that it might also be an option to display the colours in the days after Hungary’s visit.

Munich will host a quarterfinal match at Euro 2020 on July 2.

But the delayed action undermines the Munich’s city’s planned protest against what it calls “the homophobic and transphobic legislation of the Hungarian government.”

Last week, Hungary’s National Assembly approved the bill against sharing LGBT content with minors in a 157-1 vote.

Associated Press

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