Supporters may take flags in rainbow colours with fans at the European Championship. UEFA will let you know. The European Football Association responds to the fact that fans of Orange Sunday had to hand in rainbow flags to security guards of the fan zone in Budapest, which was set up in an urban park in the run-up to the eighth European Championship finals between the Netherlands and the Czech Republic.
The KNVB previously announced that the UEFA only allows flags with the countrys colours in the fan zone and the Puskas Arena, where the EK duel is played. But UEFA now reports that local authorities in Budapest are responsible for the fan zone and UEFA is about the policy in the stadium.
“The UEFA informed the Hungarian Football Association earlier in the day that rainbow-colored symbols are not political and that, in line with the UEFAs Equal Game campaign, which is aimed at combating any form of discrimination, including against the LGBTQI+ community, such flags will be allowed in the stadium,” says UEFA. “The UEFA wants to make it clear that it has not banned rainbow-colored symbols from the fan zone in Budapest and that the fan zone is under the responsibility of local authorities. The UEFA would welcome such a symbol to the fan zone.”
At Reclameland BV they have printed hundreds, if not thousands of rainbow flags in recent weeks. CEO Wouter Haan claims to be “very sad” that some of these flags have been confiscated in Budapest. “Im really looking at it. Its amazing that this is happening right now. This really cant.”
The company offers a free new one to anyone whose rainbow flag has been confiscated. “Its not about the money, its about love. That overcomes.”