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EURO 2020: UEFA Ends Investigation Into Manuel Neuer’s ‘Rainbow’ Armband

Munich: The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) has ended its investigation into Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer’s rainbow-coloured skipper’s armband during the ongoing Euro 2020 matches against France and Portugal, the German Football Association (DFB) announced.

Germany skipper Manuel Neuer (Photo Credit: @DFB_Team_EN)

Munich: The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) has ended its investigation into Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer’s rainbow-coloured skipper’s armband during the ongoing Euro 2020 matches against France and Portugal, the German Football Association (DFB) announced.

The German shot-stopper has been sporting a rainbow-coloured armband to showcase his support towards the LGBT+ community during the ‘Pride Month’.

“UEFA have today shared with the DFB that they have stopped the review of the rainbow captain’s armband worn by Manuel Neuer. In a letter, the armband has been assessed as a team symbol for diversity and thus for a good cause,” German Football Association tweeted.

UEFA had earlier opened an investigation into Neuer’s armband as the European football body said termed the act as a ‘political symbol’. Before the tournament started, UEFA had asked every team to not make any politicial demonstrations.

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As per a report in Goal.com, UEFA is contemplating giving more matches to Budapest in Euro 2020. The legislation there bans schools from disseminating content deemed to promote homosexuality and gender change.

Denmark and Chelsea player Pernille Harder has already asked UEFA to step up and refrain from moving more matches to Budapest.

Harder has done so as Hungary’s government introduced new anti LGBT+ legislation and as a result, the country is attracting criticism from a few corners.

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The Puskas Arena in Budapest has currently hosted two matches in Euro 2020 and there are still two more matches set to be played including a Group F encounter between Portugal and France.

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UEFA semi-finals and final could be moved from Wembley Stadium, London to Budapest if Covid-19 restrictions in the UK are not lifted.

(With ANI Inputs)

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