The city council asked Mayor Dieter Reiter to put pressure on UEFA, to obtain this favor. The Allianz Arena can be illuminated outdoors in a variety of colors and in the past it has often worn the colors of the rainbow, a symbol of diversity. Earlier in the week, Hungary’s parliament passed a law banning the “promotion” of homosexuality and gender reassignment among young people up to the age of 18. The government of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán sees this legislation as a means of defending the well-being of children, but its detractors speak of an attack on freedom of opinion.
Hungary play their last group game against Germany on Wednesday in Munich. The City plans to take the opportunity to protest this controversial law. “We defend diversity, tolerance and true equality in sport and in society as a whole,” reads the motion, which has been tabled. An online petition with the same objective has already collected more than 50,000 signatures.
Manuel Neuer, the captain of the a Mannschaft, plays the Euro with a rainbow-colored armband.