UEFA Bans Rainbow Flag of Orange Fans in Fan Zone and Stadium in Budapest

Visitors to the KNVB fan zone in Budapest had to hand in their rainbow flag in the run-up to the eighth finals of Orange at the European Championships against the Czech Republic. Security guards did so at the request of the European Football Association UEFA, which only allows flags with the countrys colours in the fan zone and the Puskas Arena, where the EC game is played. A spokesperson for the KNVB confirmed that.

Fans of the Dutch team took rainbow flags to Budapest in protest against a recently introduced anti-gay law. Previously, UEFA was criticized when the union forbade the Munich City Council from illuminating the Allianz Arena in the rainbow colors during a German duel with Hungary. The German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was allowed to wear a captain band with the colours of the rainbow.

The fan zone preceding the eighth final against the Czech Republic was visited by 10,640 predominantly Dutch supporters. There were also fans who did get a rainbow flag into the fan zone. Supporters also wore sweatbands with colours that stand for freedom and diversity. Georginio Wijnaldum wears a captain in the competition against the Czechs with the text: OneLove, as a statement against racism, discrimination and exclusion.