“It is true, the soccer pitch is just not about politics. It is about folks, about equity, about tolerance,” German international minister Heiko Maas tweeted on Wednesday.
“That is why UEFA is sending the fallacious sign. However happily you may nonetheless present your colours at present — within the stadium and outdoors #loveislove.”
Round 20,000 rainbow-colored flags will likely be distributed on the Allianz Enviornment forward of the sport, whereas there have additionally been calls on social media for spectators to decorate in rainbow-colored garments.
Throughout Germany, soccer golf equipment have additionally mentioned they may illuminate their house grounds in rainbow colours in the course of the sport. The surface of Munich’s metropolis corridor, in the meantime, has been embellished in rainbow flags.
On Twitter, France ahead Antoine Griezmann posted a photograph of the Allianz Enviornment with its rainbow lights on, and German companies — comparable to BMW, Siemens and Sparkasse — have modified their logos to rainbow colours.
The response to the choice to not mild up the Allianz Enviornment in rainbow colours prompted UEFA to defend its place, whereas additionally incorporating rainbow colours into its social media logos.
“Some folks have interpreted UEFA’s choice to show down town of Munich’s request to light up the Munich stadium in rainbow colours for a Euro 2020 match as ‘political,'” UEFA mentioned in a press release on Wednesday.
“Quite the opposite, the request itself was political, linked to the Hungarian soccer crew’s presence within the stadium for this night’s match with Germany.
“For UEFA, the rainbow is just not a political image, however an indication of our agency dedication to a extra numerous and inclusive society. #Equalgame #Euro2020.”
As for Hungary, its Prime Minister Viktor Orban mentioned that “German politicians” ought to settle for the choice to not illuminate the stadium.
“It’s not the state’s job to resolve whether or not to color the stadium in Munich, or some other stadium, in rainbow colours,” he instructed German information company DPA.
Orban added: “Whereas gay folks have been persecuted in Hungary below the communist management, at present the state doesn’t solely assure their freedoms but in addition actively protects their rights.”
The brand new laws in Hungary, which was handed final week, bans the dissemination of content material in faculties deemed to advertise homosexuality and gender change. It has been broadly criticized by human rights teams and opposition events.