Munich wants rainbow colored Allianz Arena to protest Hungarian law

The Munich city council hopes that the European Championship stadium in the city will be lit up in the colors of the rainbow during the European Championship match between Germany and Hungary. The council has asked mayor Dieter Reiter about this. They want him to lobby the European football association UEFA to make this happen.

Bayern Munich’s Allianz Arena is known to be illuminated in a variety of colors on the outside. Previously, the symbol of diversity – the rainbow – was already projected onto the stadium.

Earlier this week, the Hungarian parliament passed a law banning homosexuality. Gender was also no longer allowed to be highlighted among young people under the age of 18. According to Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, it is to defend the well-being of the Hungarian kids. Opponents call the law an attack on freedom of expression.

The German captain Manuel Neuer has been playing with a captain’s armband in the rainbow colors throughout the European Championship. Hungary will play the last group match against Germany in Munich on Wednesday. The city council wants to use that to protest against the controversial law.

“We stand for diversity, tolerance and real equality in sport and in society as a whole”, reads the submitted motion. An online petition has already been signed 50,000 times.

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