UEFA turns around by dropping investigation into German captain Manuel Neuer’s LGBT armband
UEFA turns around by dropping investigation into German captain Manuel Neuer’s LGBT armband worn in both Euro 2020 matches so far
UEFA was forced into an embarrassing raid on Sunday after dropping an investigation into German captain Manuel Neuer for wearing a rainbow armband in support of LGBT rights.
Neuer risked a fine if his armband – which he wore in the two group matches against France and Portugal, as well as a warm-up friendly against Latvia – was considered a violation of UEFA rules on political symbols.
But just hours after UEFA opened its investigation, the German FA (DFB) tweeted: “UEFA today announced to the DFB that it has stopped examining the rainbow captain’s armband -sky worn by Manuel Neuer.
UEFA dropped investigation into German goalkeeper and captain Manuel Neuer
“In one letter, the armband was rated as a team symbol for diversity and therefore for a ‘good cause’.
Meanwhile, UEFA will investigate anti-LGBT banners in the stands during Hungary’s matches against Portugal and France in Budapest.
Hungary travel to Munich for their final Group F match, as the city’s mayor has asked FIFA to light up the Allianz Arena in rainbow colors in support of the LGBT community. “This is an important sign of tolerance and equality,” said Munich Mayor Dieter Reiter.
The stadium lighting is said to be a protest against a law passed by Hungarian lawmakers on Tuesday that bans sharing any LGBT content with children.
The law has been denounced as anti-LGBT discrimination by human rights groups.
Neuer risked a fine if his armband was found to be in violation of UEFA rules