The Hungarian government has welcomed UEFA’s refusal to light up the Allianz Arena in rainbow colors during Germany-Hungary on Tuesday (9 p.m.), in support of the LGBT + community. The country perceived this gesture as a political provocation.
Hungary hailed Tuesday “a good decision” after UEFA refused to allow the Munich stadium to be illuminated in the rainbow colors of the LGBT community for the Euro Germany-Hungary match on Wednesday ( 9 p.m.).
“It would have been a political provocation towards Hungary”
“Thank God, the leaders of European football have shown common sense (…) by not participating in what would have been a political provocation against Hungary”, reacted the Minister of Foreign Affairs Peter Szijjarto on the sidelines of a meeting with his European counterparts in Luxembourg, according to comments sent to AFP by his ministry.
The city of Munich and the German Federation planned to light up the Allianz Arena in rainbow colors in support of the LGBT community. The mayor of Munich also targeted the discriminatory policy of Hungarian President Viktor Orban, and a recent measure passed by the Hungarian parliament to prohibit the “promotion” of homosexuality to minors. And this is the purpose of this message that UEFA has decided to refuse.
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“Racism, homophobia, sexism and all forms of discrimination are a stain in our societies – and represent one of the biggest problems facing sport today, the body said in a statement. …) However, 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 application.”