The rainbow flag continues to cause a stir at the European Football Championship. This time, Dutch fans had to hand over the rainbow flag at the request of security. UEFA refers to the local authorities.
Visitors to the KNVB fan zone in Budapest had to hand over a rainbow flag in the run-up to the Orange European Championship’s eighth final against the Czech Republic. Security guards did this at the request of UEFA, which only allows flags with the country’s colors in the fan zone and Puskas Arena, where the European Championship match is taking place since 6 pm.
Advance in the fan zone and on the field UEFA rules, so they can determine it,” confirms KNVB spokesperson Dan Schippers we. “This does not mean that KNVB supports it. We are in support of the rainbow flag and support the OneLove campaign.” According to Schippers, fans are required to store the rainbow flag in a locker at the entrance to the fan zone.
Fans of the Dutch national team took rainbow flags with them in protest of the recently enacted anti-gay law. Previously UEFA has received a lot of criticism When the Federation prevented the Munich City Council from lighting the Allianz Stadium in rainbow colors during a duel between Germany and Hungary. German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was allowed to wear the captain’s armband in the colors of the rainbow.
UEFA: Accountable to the local authorities
But UEFA said in its response that rainbow flags are welcome at the stadium. “UEFA informed the Hungarian Football Association earlier today that the rainbow colored icons are not political and that in line with UEFA’s Equal Game campaign, which aims to fight all forms of discrimination, including against the LGBTQ community, it will be allowed to With these flags in the European Union said on Twitter.
“UEFA wants to make it clear that it has not banned rainbow colored symbols from the fan zone in Budapest and that the fan zone is the responsibility of the local authorities. UEFA welcomes such a symbol in the fan zone.
The fan zone in Budapest was visited by 10,640 mainly Dutch supporters. There were also fans who put up a rainbow flag in the fan zone. Supporters also wore sports bands in colors that represented freedom and diversity. Team captain Jorginho Wijnaldum During the match against the Czechs, he will also wear the captain’s armband with “OneLove” written on it, as a declaration against racism, discrimination and exclusion.
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