Neuer received't struggle for rainbow bracelet
Germany's captain Manuel Neuer and the German Football Association (DFB) will not be confronted with disciplinary measures by UEFA for wearing a rainbow armband at Euro 2020.
Neuer, 35, wore the armband against France and Portugal to show the DFB's support for the LGBTQ + community during Pride Month.
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UEFA investigated whether this violated their rules not to allow athletes to make political statements. But UEFA said in a statement on Sunday that Neuer is "promoting a good cause" and has decided against further action.
"UEFA today informed the DFB that it has stopped checking Manuel Neuer 's rainbow captain' s armband," said the German Football Association on Twitter. "In one letter, the armband was rated as a team symbol for diversity and thus for a & # 39; good cause & # 39;".
Germany will face Hungary in the final Group F group match on Wednesday, and Munich Mayor Dieter Reiter said on Sunday that he would ask UEFA in writing for permission to light the Allianz Arena in Munich with rainbow colors.
Manuel Neuer wore a rainbow armband for Germany's game against Portugal. Photo by Andre Weening / BSR Agency / Getty Images
"This is an important sign of tolerance and equality," said Reiter of the dpa news agency.
"It is important for the state capital Munich to send a visible sign of solidarity with the LGBTI community in Hungary, which is suffering from the currently tightened homophobic and transphobic legislation of the Hungarian government," said the Munich city council in its application.
UEFA is investigating "possible discriminatory incidents" during Hungary's European Championship games against Portugal and France in the Puskas Arena in Budapest, the European Football Association announced on Sunday.
At the opening match between Hungary and Portugal on Tuesday, pictures on social media showed banners reading “Anti-LMBTQ” – the Hungarian abbreviation for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer.
Last week, under heavy criticism from human rights groups and opposition parties, the Hungarian parliament passed a law banning the dissemination in schools of content intended to promote homosexuality and gender change.