UEFA says that the problem was not defending the LGBT community but it was the political message behind it.
refused to allowGermany
to show rainbow colors on the Allianz Arena stadium for their Euro 2020 clash against
, there have been many pundits criticizing UEFA for the decision.
But UEFA has cleared out that the decision was made because of the political effects that it could have since Hungary has recently signed a new rule against sharing content in schools that could be deemed to promote homosexuality and gender change.
"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,"
a statement read on Tuesday
But the criticism didn’t end, so UEFA released another statement defending the decisions about discrimination and insisting on the values of football.
"Today, UEFA is proud to wear the colors of the rainbow,"
the statement read
"It is a symbol that embodies our core values, promoting everything that we believe in – a more just and egalitarian society, tolerant of everyone, regardless of their background, belief or gender.
"Some people have interpreted UEFA's decision to turn down the city of Munich's request to illuminate the Munich stadium in rainbow colors for a EURO 2020 match as 'political'.
"On the contrary, the request itself was political, linked to the Hungarian football team's presence in the stadium for this evening's match with Germany.
"For UEFA, the rainbow is not a political symbol, but a sign of our firm commitment to a more diverse and inclusive society."