UEFA bans rainbow advertising in two quarter-finals

UEFA has banned advertising using the colors of the rainbow for two Euro 2020 quarter-final matches in Russia and Azerbaijan.

Spain wins on penalties against Switzerland took place in St. Petersburg, Russia, while Czech Republic and Denmark face off in Baku, Azerbaijan on Saturday.

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UEFA said its decision was based on compliance with local law in each country.

A statement issued on Saturday said: “UEFA fully supports the display of such messages of tolerance and respect for diversity, which have already been displayed in all stadiums during all the round of 16 and will be displayed by partner Volkswagen in the UEFA Euro 2020 quarter-finals in Munich and Rome.

“UEFA requires its sponsors to make sure their works comply with local law and we understand that this is not the case in Baku and St. Petersburg.

“UEFA will however continue to highlight its fight against all types of discrimination through its Equal Game campaign in all stadiums in all remaining matches.

“All of the other sponsors have decided not to use any more rainbow artwork in the tournament as Pride Month has ended.”

The move was condemned by the German Gay and Lesbian Association and spokesperson Alfonso Pantisano told AFP news agency: “UEFA’s audacity and deceit are limitless.

“With this action, he is not only betraying lesbians, gays, bisexuals, trans and intersex people in Azerbaijan and Russia, but also all over Europe.”

UEFA was criticized during the tournament after rejecting a request so that the Allianz Arena is lit in the colors of the rainbow because of his insistence that it would be a political act against the new laws introduced by the Hungarian government.

The governing body also had to deny reports that it prevented Dutch supporters from bringing rainbow flags in the official fan zone of Puskas Arena in Budapest last weekend.

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