UEFA denies rainbow flag ban from Netherlands-Czech Republic match in Budapest
UEFA has reversed its position that rainbow flags are a political symbol and insists it “would be very supportive” of such LGBT + symbols in the Netherlands’ game against the Czech Republic .
In front of the two nations playing in the round of 16 of Euro 2020, the Dutch publication NO reported that fans would not be allowed to wear rainbow colors or wave flags in Ferenc Puskas Stadium or Budapest Fan Park.
A spokesperson for the Royal Dutch Football Association (KNVB) said that while “UEFA rules apply in the fan zone and in the stadium… it does not mean that the KNVB supports this decision”. Georginio Wijnaldum also confirmed he would wear a “One Love” captain’s armband during the match.
During the group stage match between Germany and Hungary, the governing body of European football prevented the Allianz Arena from being lit in the colors of the rainbow as a gesture against the legislation anti-LGBT + introduced by the Hungarian government. Many German supporters then exhibited rainbow memorabilia during the match and a number of cities joined the protest with light shows in their stadiums.
However, as fans from the Netherlands and the Czech Republic gathered in Hungary ahead of their knockout game, UEFA said it had spoken to the Hungarian Football Association and decreed that “the symbols in the colors of the ‘rainbows are not political’.
“In accordance with UEFA’s Equal Game campaign which aims to combat all types of discrimination, including against the LGBTQI + community, such flags will be allowed in the stadium,” said a statement.
“Contrary [to] According to some reports in the Dutch media, UEFA would like to point out that it has not prohibited any rainbow-colored symbols from the Budapest fan zone and that the fan zone is under the responsibility of the local authorities . UEFA, on the contrary, would welcome such a symbol very favorably in the fan zone. “
UEFA, which does not allow the wearing of political symbols in matches under its jurisdiction, has been criticized for its handling of LGBT + issues at this summer’s tournament. The authority had also opened an investigation into the German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who was then abandoned, for wearing a rainbow armband.
The Netherlands game is the last Euro game to be played in Budapest.