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UEFA denies request to illuminate Munich stadium in rainbow colours

UEFA has denied a request to light up the stadium in Munich for the Germany vs Hungary fixture for Euro 2020.

UEFA rejected the request because they believe the gesture has a political context.

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The Munich Mayor, Dieter Reiter, sent a request to UEFA over the plans.

The football organisation said the Mayor’s request was rejected because it was in response to legislation passed in Hungary banning LGBT people from appearing in school educational materials.

“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.

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“However UEFA, through its statutes, is a politically and religiously neutral organisation. 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.”

Germany will host Hungary tomorrow night in Munich.

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