German channel ‘RTL’ reported that UEFA are investigating both the German Federation and Manuel Neuer for the captain’s armband he has been wearing so far at Euro 2020, which is in the colours of the LGBT flag.
This June is being celebrated as LGBT Pride, the same month in which the Euro 2020 is being played. The German Football Federation have wanted to demonstrate their acknowledgement and support of the movement, but their gesture could lead to them receiving a punishment.
Germany captain Manuel Neuer has worn a captain’s armband donning the colours of the LGBT flag in the matches against France and Portugal and, if UEFA’s punishment never arrives, he will do the same against Hungary.
The body led by Aleksander Ceferin, who have made it clear that they will not tolerate political messages in their matches, could take Germany’s gesture as such and, as ‘RTL’ have reported, could open an investigation into the matter.
Meanwhile, Germany have made the decision to continue their support for the LGBT collective, after it was announced that the Allianz Arena will be lit up by the colours of the flag for their match against Hungary on Wednesday.
This will be done precisely against Hungary, as the country recently passed legislation banning the dissemination of content in schools deemed to promote homosexuality and transexuality, which was met by mass hostility by LGBT activists in the country and around the world.