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UEFA Chief Aleksander Ceferin Blasts 'Populist' Munich Rainbow Initiative

Allianz Arena in rainbow colours. (Photo Credit: AFP)

Allianz Arena in rainbow colours. (Photo Credit: AFP)

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin defended the decision not to allow Munich's Allianz Arena to be lit up in rainbow colours.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin on Wednesday said the footballing body could not give in to “populist" requests from politicians, as he defended the decision not to allow Munich’s Allianz Arena to be lit up in rainbow colours.

“UEFA cannot be used as a tool by politicians," Ceferin told Germany’s Die Welt newspaper after Munich’s mayor had made the rainbow request in protest at Hungary’s anti-LGBTQ law.

“We don’t want to be used in populist actions," Ceferin said, while insisting that “UEFA is not a homophobic organisation".

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first published:June 23, 2021, 19:54 IST