UEFA has rejected a request to illuminate Munich’s Allianz Arena in rainbow
colors for the Germany v Hungary match because it believes the gesture has a
political context. after receiving a request to fly the Pride flag from Munich’s mayor,
Uefa said the mayor’s reason for the request was a response to legislation passed in
Hungary that bans gay people from appearing in school educational materials for
On that basis, Uefa said it could not grant the request and proposed alternative dates
for the stadium to be lit up in rainbow colors.
Racism, homophobia, sexism, and all forms of discrimination are a stain on our societies
– and represent one of the biggest problems faced by the game today,’ Uefa said.
‘Discriminatory behavior has marred both matches themselves and, outside the
stadiums, the online discourse around the sport we love.
‘However Uefa, through its statutes, is a politically and religiously neutral organization.
Given the political context of this specific request – a message aiming at a decision taken
by the Hungarian national parliament – Uefa must decline this request.’
Uefa proposed the Allianz Arena be lit up in rainbow colors on either June 28 – the
Christopher Street Liberation Day – or between July 3 and 9 which is the Christopher
Street Day week in Munich.
The decision on stadium illumination follows an announcement from Uefa on Sunday
that Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer would not face action over a rainbow armband
he wore it during the games against France and Portugal.
Neuer wore the armband to show his support for the LGBT+ community during Pride
Month, prompting Uefa to investigate whether it could be viewed as a political
But Uefa concluded there was no case to answer, given the 35-year-old was ‘promoting a good cause’.