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Numerous German newspapers and broadcasters have displayed rainbow flags on their front pages, social media profiles or on-screen logos.
It follows UEFA’s refusal to let Munich illuminate its stadium in rainbow colors in a show of support for LGBT people for a European Championship match between Germany and Hungary.
The decision by the governing body of European soccer was widely criticized in Germany.
Left-wing daily taz showed an edited archive picture of West Germany’s historic match against Hungary in the 1954 World Cup final in Bern but with the captains wearing rainbow armbands. The caption reads “A dream: Germany-Hungary now in color.”
The mass-selling tabloid Bild offered readers a double-page spread showing Germany’s black, red and gold flag transforming into the LBGT symbol.
Germany’s government says the decision by UEFA not to allow the stadium in Munich to be illuminated in rainbow colors during the European Championship should be “respected.”
Government spokesman Steffen Seibert says “that doesn’t change the fact that the vast majority of people in Germany reject discrimination and intolerance.”
Seibert also also referred to German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s comments in parliament about the new Hungarian law at the heart of the issue. He notes the Hungarian national team has nothing to do with the law.
Seibert says “we should look forward to a great game and receive the Hungarian team ... in a friendly, sporting and fair way.”
Netherlands striker Luuk de Jong’s European Championship is over.
The Dutch soccer federation says De Jong injured his knee in training on Tuesday and has left the team’s training camp.
The Sevilla forward has played 38 times for the Netherlands. He did not start any of the team’s Group C matches but came on as a late substitute in the first two games of Euro 2020.
Netherlands coach Frank de Boer started twice with Wout Weghorst next to Memphis Depay in a two-man forward line and once with Donyell Malen.
The Netherlands won all three of its group matches but is still waiting to learn who it will face in the round of 16 on Sunday in Budapest.
The final group games at this year’s European Championship will decide the lineup for the round of 16.
Spain is still looking to assure itself of a spot in the next round at Euro 2020 and will face Slovakia in Seville. Sweden will take on Poland in St. Petersburg at the same time. The Swedes are already assured of a spot in the round of 16.
The late games have the biggest names.
World Cup champion France has already qualified and will face Portugal in Budapest. Germany will play Hungary in Munich needing a draw to make sure it continues on at the tournament.
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