The law, promoted by strongman prime minister Viktor Orban, bans LGBTQ representation in educational material at schools, or in kids television shows. Shortly after its passage, Hungarian fans displayed a “Anti-LMBTQ” banner at their Euro 2020 opener in Budapest.
UEFA responded with a statement: “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 lack of public support for the LGBTQ community from UEFA created a defiant atmosphere at Wednesday's match. German fans showed up in rainbow-colored clothing, and with rainbow flags, as Germany's minister for Europe Michael Roth had encouraged them to do.
The pitch invasion was the most aggressive display of LGBTQ support. The fan, who also wore a Germany jersey, was tackled by security guards. Some German fans cheered him. Hungarian players stood stoically and sang their national anthem with right hands over hearts.
Hungary hosted its first two Euro 2020 matches, then traveled to Munich for its third and final group match. It is also slated to host the 2022 Europa League final, another UEFA event.
Last week, Piara Powar, the executive director of FARE, a prominent organization fighting discrimination in sports, said: “The situation in Hungary is problematic. We do need a better and more firm approach to respect for universal rights being conditional for hosting matches at major tournaments."
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