Monday, June 21, 2021

Manuel Neuer, Munich, UEFA, and rainbows

In Germany's first two matches at the Euro 2020 (as well as in their friendly against Lithuania before the tournament), Germany's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer wore a rainbow-colored captain armband for Pride month. UEFA apparently considered forbidding him to wear that armband in further matches, but then decided not to do so. But when Munich announced they would light up the Allianz Arena in rainbow colors on Wednesday for Germany's third match against Hungary, UEFA forbade them to do so with the excuse that the stadium lights should only be the participating teams' colors or UEFA's own. The organization campaigns against racism but refuses to stand up against other kinds of discrimination. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 21 June 2021)


UEFA action over Manuel Neuer's rainbow armband would have ...

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