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Uefa bans rainbow colors in baku and st. Petersburg

Uefa bans rainbow colors in baku and st. Petersburg

In the fight for Respect, tolerance and equality the European Football Union (Uefa) has folded once again. Among other things, the continental federation banned its European Championship sponsor Volkswagen from appearing at Friday's quarterfinal matches in St. Petersburg and on Saturday in Baku to use the last advertising banners in rainbow colors. On Friday in Munich and Saturday in Rome, however, they should come into play.

Sponsor VW regrets association's decision

"Due to concerns raised by Uefa with regard to the legal framework at the venues in Russia and Azerbaijan, the association has informed us that playing on the advertising boards in rainbow colors is not permitted in St. Petersburg and Baku was not possible," Volkswagen announced on Friday, stressing, "We regret this development." Once again one has a "clear Signs per diversity" want to put.

Last week, the Uefa had given the City of Munich forbids to let the arena light up in the rainbow colors at the match between Germany and Hungary. In cancelling, it referred to its regulations, which state that it is a non-political association. The city of Munich wanted to set an example, after Hungary had earlier ied an internationally criticized Law to prevent information about homosexuality had said goodbye.

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Report: dfb in negotiations with qatar airways

Report: dfb in negotiations with qatar airways

According to information from the "Suddeutsche Zeitung", the German Football Association (DFB) is considering cooperation with Qatar Airways. Referring to "several sources in political and business circles," the "SZ" reports that the DFB is currently in negotiations with the state-owned airline of the 2022 World Cup hosts. The DFB, in the person of marketing chief Holger Blask, did not comment on the content to the newspaper.

As Bild am Sonntag and dpa concur, the contract between the DFB and Lufthansa in this regard is to be terminated prematurely on 31. December to be ended. According to dpa information, this was decided during a meeting of the DFB presidium last Thursday. No official statement on the matter was initially available. The partnership with Germany's largest carrier was originally set to run until 2022.

National players set an example for human rights as recently as March

National players such as the recently retired Toni Kroos had openly addressed the lack of workers' rights and discrimination against homosexuals in the Emirate. The national team had positioned itself with the slogan "Human Rights" before its World Cup qualifying match against Iceland in March. The shirts with the eleven letters painted on them were then auctioned off for the benefit of the homeless aid organization.

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“Not a party political event”

Chancellor Angela Merkel has called on the parties to take joint action against sexual abuse of children. The round table should not become "a party-political event". Meanwhile, the Bundestag's CDU/CSU parliamentary group is pushing for longer statutes of limitations for abuse in criminal law as well.

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Em: the rainbow rules – situation in munich “calm”

Em: the rainbow rules - situation in munich 'calm'
  • Munich's EM Arena may be used for the German national team's match vs Hungary not in Rainbow colors shine to set a sign for tolerance and equality. The decision of the Uefa triggers plenty of criticism.
  • The City of Munich now wants to find other ways: Not only will city hall be flagged with rainbow flags, but the wind turbine at the arena and the Olympic tower will be colorfully lit, he said.
  • Signs should be set at other Bundesliga locations during the match on Wednesday evening. For example, the soccer arenas in Frankfurt am Main, Augsburg, Cologne and Wolfsburg, as well as the Berlin Olympic Stadium and the stadium An der Alten Forsterei in Berlin to shine colorfully during the DFB team's match against Hungary.
  • Important signals are also to be set in the Ruhr area. So also Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04 announced to set a sign against homophobia.

A city in bright colors and only minor problems: The evening of soccer under the sign of the rainbow started "relatively calmly" in Munich, according to the police. However, a spokesman told SID an hour before the European Championship match between Germany and Hungary (9 p.m./ZDF and MagentaTV) of "isolated arrests and offenses as well as the use of pyrotechnics". At the Viennese place besides – apparently from Hungarian side – a Hitler salute was shown.

Even in the Munich arena, where the German national team is playing its last European Championship preliminary round match, there had been "only a brief minor altercation, but nothing dramatic". Overall, the situation "continues to be comparatively calm".

At the town hall, the tower of the St. Maximilian, in the main station and around the arena in Frottmaning reigned the rainbow as a sign of tolerance, humanity and freedom of sexual orientation. Munich's mayor Dieter Reiter (SPD) had ordered the colorful, six-part giant flagging at his official residence after his failed attempt to light up the stadium. Manuel Neuer wears his rainbow captain's armband in the German goal again.