Pitch invader with rainbow flag disrupts Germany vs Hungary at Euro 2020

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A person waving the rainbow flag ran across Hungary’s players during their national anthem (AFP via Getty)

A pitch invader holding a rainbow flag disrupted Hungary’s national anthem before their Euro 2020 match with Germany on Wednesday evening.

The spectator ran in front of the Hungary players while their anthem was played before being tackled to the ground and led away by security.

Fans who attended the match at the Allianz Arena had brought rainbow flags with them in response to UEFA’s decision this week to decline Munich city council’s request to illuminate the stadium in rainbow colours in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community.

UEFA refused to grant the request due to the ‘political context’ involving Hungary whose prime minister, Viktor Orban, cancelled a trip to watch his nation in action against Germany in Munich.

Earlier this week the mayor of Munich, Dieter Reiter, said he wanted the Allianz Arena to be lit up in rainbow colours in response to the Hungarian government’s decision to ban gay people from featuring in TV shows for under-18s and school education materials.

A statement from UEFA read: ‘UEFA, through its statutes, is a politically and religiously neutral organisation. Given the political context of this specific request – a message aiming at a decision taken by the Hungarian national parliament – UEFA must decline this request.’

The pitch invader sprinted in front of Hungary’s players (Getty Images)
Hungary’s government have banned gay people from featuring in school educational materials or TV shows for under-18s (AP)
The protestor waved a rainbow flag in front of Hungary’s players (Pool via Reuters)

Reiter branded UEFA’s decision not to grant the request as ‘shameful’,

‘I find it shameful that UEFA forbids us to send a message here in Munich for openness, tolerance, respect and solidarity with the LGBTQI + community,’ he said.

‘I am also very disappointed that the DFB (the German football federation), despite the unbelievably clear positioning here in Munich, in Bavaria and also in Germany, has not achieved or wanted to achieve anything.

UEFA denied Munich city council’s request to light up the Allianz Arena in rainbow colours (Getty)
Two stewards pinned the protestor to the ground (DeFodi Images via Getty)
The protestor was led away by security (AP)

‘The alternative suggestion of illuminating the Allianz Arena on another day contradicts any message that is supposed to emanate from rainbow lighting.

‘Tomorrow, as the city of Munich, we will still send a clear sign of our solidarity and our respect for sexual equality to Hungary and the world.

‘We will not only fly rainbow flags at Munich town hall – I assume that the city council will decide this tomorrow with a large majority – but also make the wind turbine adjacent to the arena shine brightly and also the Munich Olympic Tower.’

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