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Signs of diversity and tolerance: Uefa checks Manuel Neuer rainbow captain's armband


In both German EM games, Manuel Neuer wore a colorful armband - out of solidarity with the LGBT community. Uefa could now take action against it.

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Manuel Neuer celebrates the victory of the German national team against Portugal - in bright colors


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The European Football Union is checking whether national goalkeeper Manuel Neuer can continue to wear his rainbow captain's armband.

"The regulations state that the armband officially provided by the Uefa must be worn," announced the German Football Association on Sunday evening, but at the same time pointed out that June "is also a year of" Pride "in sport. »To stand up for more diversity«.

The DFB also participates in this.

Neuer wear this captain's armband as a symbol and »clear commitment by the entire team to diversity, openness, tolerance and against hatred and exclusion.

The message is: we are colorful! «Announced the DFB.

Previously, RTL / had reported on a Uefa process because of the bandage, which the DFB confirmed on Sunday on request to the sports information service.

The Uefa apparently sees the armband as a political sign, Neuer could be fined.

The umbrella organization did not initially comment.

Neuer had worn the captain's badge in the test matches immediately before the tournament and in both German European Championship games against France (0: 1) and against Portugal (4: 2) in Munich.

The rainbow stands for solidarity with the LGBT community, and June is “Pride Month” for them.

Rainbow colors are also discussed in Munich

The rainbow will continue to become a political issue in the coming days.

The city of Munich wants to decide on Monday to have the arena illuminated in rainbow colors in the third German group game against Hungary on Wednesday (9 p.m., live ticker:, TV: ZDF, MagentaTV).

Munich's Lord Mayor Dieter Reiter (SPD) wants to submit a corresponding application to Uefa this Monday.

"This is an important sign of tolerance and equality," he told the dpa news agency.

The background: Last Tuesday, the Hungarian parliament approved a law that restricts young people's rights to information with regard to homosexuality and transsexuality.

Before the European Championship, Uefa had launched a campaign against discrimination in football.

In principle, the association acts very strictly with embassies outside of the sporting side.

According to the Uefa statutes, anyone who “uses sporting events for non-sporting rallies” violates the “general principles of conduct”.

The umbrella organization recently even welcomed the protests against racism during the European Championship.

ngo / dpa / sid

Source: spiegel

All sports articles on 2021-06-25

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