Cologne (dpa / lnw) – All of North Rhine-Westphalia football is colorful and shows solidarity. Many cities and associations set a shining example of tolerance and diversity. After UEFA has banned the stadium in Munich from shining in rainbow colors during the European Championship match between Germany and Hungary, many cities and stadiums will instead shine in rainbow colors on Wednesday.
The pylons at the Cologne stadium should shine brightly in rainbow colors on Wednesday evening between 9 p.m. and midnight. This was confirmed by the Cologne sports facilities and the Bundesliga club on Tuesday after the WDR had previously reported on it. In Düsseldorf, the rainbow flag is projected on the north side onto the outer shell of the stadium, which will also be the venue for the 2024 European Championship.
“We welcome that very much. Cologne and FC stand for diversity and tolerance. The developments in Hungary are terrifying – it is all the more important to set an example against it,” said FC managing director Alexander Wehrle. The Cologne sports facilities decided on the initiative of various groups from Cologne’s urban society as a sign of protest against Hungarian legislation.
“Düsseldorf stands for a cosmopolitan and tolerant society,” said Mayor Stephan Keller: “That is why the rainbow flag will be projected onto the MERKUR SPIEL-ARENA for the European Championship match between Germany and Hungary Rhine set a visible sign of respect, tolerance and peace. “
Previously, a motion by the Munich City Council was rejected by UEFA to light the Munich stadium as the venue for the game against Hungary in rainbow colors as a signal for diversity and self-determined ways of life of sexual orientation.
Dortmund, Mönchengladbach and Bochum also set clear signals. Flags in rainbow colors are hoisted at Borussia Park. In Dortmund, the city’s distinctive buildings such as the television tower and the Dortmunder U as well as some museums should shine brightly throughout the day. Bochum’s Lord Mayor Thomas Eiskirch has also decided: We’ll hang up the rainbow flag. “The rainbow flag is a symbol of openness and tolerance and a visible signal for our common understanding of values,” said the SPD politician.
In the Schalker Arena, the rainbow colors can be seen on the large video cube. In a tweet, Schalke said: “No provocation, but a matter of course! The # S04 stands for diversity and tolerance”.
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