- A rainbow-clad pitch invader ran onto the field during Hungary’s national anthem at Euro 2020.
- The invader was protesting Hungary’s recently passed anti-LGBT+ law.
- Hungary has prohibited sharing any content portraying homosexuality or sex reassignment with kids.
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A pitch invader with a rainbow flag ran onto the field during Hungary’s national anthem prior to its Euro 2020 match against Germany in protest at the country’s recently passed anti-LGBT+ law.
The person, who was wearing a Germany shirt, stood in front of Hungary’s players with the flag as they sang before being tackled to the ground by stewards.
As the protester was removed, he was greeted with rapturous applause from Germany fans.
-Tobi Altschäffl (@altobelli13) June 23, 2021
Hungary recently passed a new law that prohibits sharing any content portraying homosexuality or sex reassignment with people under 18.
The Mayor of Munich, Dieter Reiter, had sent a formal request to UEFA for the Allianz Arena to be lit with rainbow colors for Wednesday’s game.
UEFA, however, rejected the application, saying the move would be too political.
“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,” said a statement from the organization on Tuesday.
“Discriminatory behavior has marred both matches themselves and, outside the stadiums, the online discourse around the sport we love,” the statement said.
“However, UEFA, though its statues, 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.”
After Reiter’s request was denied, some of Germany’s top soccer clubs announced they would light up their stadiums in rainbow colors during the match instead.
-ESPN (@espn) June 22, 2021
Bundesliga clubs Werder Bremen, FC Cologne, Wolfsburg, Augsburg, Schalke, and Hertha Berlin were among those to take part.
Local LGBT+ rights activists also equipped matchgoers with rainbow flags outside the Allianz Arena, while Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer also wore a rainbow colored captain’s armband.