UEFA revealed that they have launched an investigation after a Denmark fan had his rainbow flag confiscated in Baku at Euro 2020. The incident took place when Denmark faced the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals. The security crew was found to have taken the flags from two Danish fans while the teams were warming up. UEFA has insisted that they had not instructed any of their personnel to confiscate rainbow flags.
“An official UEFA security guard approached me and snatched the flag,” Danish fan Føns said. “We were going to a place where human rights don’t exist, and I have been skeptical about the upcoming World Cup taking place in Qatar, so I would feel like a hypocrite if I didn’t do something about it.”
UEFA said that the flag was given back to the supporter after they contacted their delegate and security officer at the stadium.
“UEFA never instructed stewards in Baku – or in any other stadium – to confiscate rainbow flags,” a UEFA statement at Euro 2020 said. “As soon as UEFA had been made aware about the incident we contacted the UEFA delegate and UEFA security officer at the stadium to investigate and clarify the issue with the local stewards. We were informed after the match that the flag had been returned to its owner.”
“The rainbow flag is a symbol that embodies UEFA core values, promoting everything that we believe in – a more just and egalitarian society, tolerant of everyone and UEFA has ensured that the flag was returned to the supporter.” the statement added.