July 24, 2021

EM 2021: stewards remove the rainbow flag from Danish fans in Baku

Updated July 3, 2021, 11:10 PM

  • There are also discussions about rainbows in the third quarter-finals between Denmark and the Czech Republic.
  • Pictures show how folders are apparently discussing their rainbow flags with Danish fans. A little later the flag was gone.
  • UEFA now wants to investigate the incident.

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The rainbow colors also caused a sensation in the EM quarter-finals in Baku – although they weren’t even visible over a large area. Before the game between Denmark and the Czech Republic kicked off on Saturday, photos could be seen of two stewards having heated discussions with Danish fans. These had brought a little rainbow color with them to the Olympic Stadium. The flag disappeared shortly afterwards.

UEFA has now announced that it will investigate the incident. “UEFA has never instructed stadium officials in Baku or any other stadium to confiscate rainbow flags,” said UEFA in a statement made available to the French news agency AFP. Investigate what happened.

According to initial information, the fan in question was “heavily drunk” and attacked aggressively by other fans. Then the stewards intervened according to UEFA information. The fan was allowed to stay in the stands despite his condition, the UEFA announcement also said. The flag was returned to the fan.

No rainbow in St. Petersburg and Baku

As announced, UEFA partner Volkswagen decided not to use colorful lighting for its own advertising boards in the game, which were last seen in the round of 16 and in the quarter-finals on Friday evening in Munich. VW had stated the day before that UEFA had “concerns” “with regard to the legal framework at the venues in Russia and Azerbaijan”.

VW also did without the first quarter-finals on Friday in St. Petersburg. The car manufacturer stated that it regretted the development. At the request of the German Press Agency on Friday evening, UEFA referred to the local laws with which the sponsorship campaigns must be compliant. The umbrella organization also announced that Volkswagen would stick to the campaign in the quarter-finals alone. “All other sponsors have decided to stop using rainbow colors in the tournament” because the “Pride month” of June was over.

Discussion started in Munich

The rainbow colors as a symbol of tolerance and sexual and gender diversity had already been a huge EM topic last week because UEFA had banned the Munich arena from shining brightly for the German game against Hungary. This was preceded by a motion from the city of Munich, which was also aimed at protesting a law passed in Hungary that restricts young people’s rights to information with regard to homosexuality and transsexuality. (dpa / afp / ska)

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