Tuesday, July 6th, 2021
Rainbow colors – without UEFA
Now the Munich arena is still lit up
It is forbidden while the European Football Championship is being held in Munich. Now the Allianz Arena is still glowing in rainbow colors. The stadium will light up on Saturday for Christopher Street Day. FC Bayern wants to set a “globally visible sign”.
After the UEFA ban on lighting the Munich arena in rainbow colors during the European Championship games, FC Bayern now wants to make its stadium shine brightly. On the occasion of “Christopher Street Day”, the Allianz Arena will be illuminated for three hours on Saturday evening, he announced to the club. With this, the German soccer record champions want to set “a globally visible symbol for tolerance as well as against homophobia and discrimination of all kinds”, as it was said in a message.
The lighting of the stadium in rainbow colors had become a controversial topic before the last German EM group match against Hungary because the European Football Union had rejected a request from the city. The umbrella organization had justified this with the fact that the application was politically motivated with a view to the Hungary game and proposed June 28 and July 3 and 9 as alternative dates to the city. However, this proposal was not implemented, the city of Munich and the German Football Association had announced an examination. So now it will be July 10th.
The background to the debate is a law that restricts young people’s right to information about homosexuality and transsexuality in Hungary. The rainbow flag stands as a symbol for the acceptance and equality of people who do not identify with the traditional role model of men and women or other norms relating to gender and sexuality.
“FC Bayern would like to send out a clear signal once again that it stands for cosmopolitanism and diversity. Discrimination and exclusion must not have a place in sport or in our society”, was quoted President Herbert Hainer from FC Bayern. The Munich captain Manuel Neuer had recently worn a captain’s armband in rainbow colors at the national team’s games.