UEFA has decided to drop the investigation into Manuel Neuer due to a rainbow armband worn by the goalkeeper at Euro 2020. Neuer had sported the armband in the group stages as a mark of solidarity towards the LGBT+ community. June represents Pride Month. The armband was first worn for a friendly against Latvia on June 7. UEFA had launched an investigation as to any on-field statements that were made. The DFB has confirmed that there is no more investigating.
“UEFA have today shared with the DFB that they have stopped the review of the rainbow captain’s armband worn by @Manuel_Neuer,” Germany’s football team posted on Twitter. “In a letter, the armband has been assessed as a team symbol for diversity and thus for a ‘good cause.'”
There have been plans underway in Germany to light up the stadium with rainbow colors for their last group game. The Germans will take on Hungary needing a win to seal qualification for the knockout stages. The mayor of Munich, Dieter Reiter has sought permission from UEFA to light up the stadium. The colors represent no tolerance towards homophobia and intolerance.
“This is an important sign of tolerance and equality,” Reiter said supporting Manuel Neuer and UEFA. “It is important for the state capital Munich to set a visible sign of solidarity with the LGBTI community in Hungary, which is suffering from the current stricter homophobic and transphobic legislation of the Hungarian government,” the Munich council said in its application.”