Berlin (dpa) – Following UEFA’s ban on lighting the arena of the European Championship in Munich in rainbow colors, other German stadium operators intend to at least send a clear signal in favor of tolerance and equality. During the match of the European Football Championship of Germany against Hungary this Wednesday (21.00 hours), the football stadiums of Berlin, Frankfurt, Düsseldorf, Cologne, Wolfsburg and Augsburg will show colors of the rainbow. Other Bundesliga clubs such as FSV Mainz 05, Borussia Dortmund, Borussia Mönchengladbach and VfL Bochum have declared solidarity, but are unable to take part in the campaign for technical reasons.
“We are delighted to participate because we are committed to tolerance and human rights,” Christoph Meyer, a spokeswoman for the Berliner Olympiastadion GmbH, told the Berliner Zeitung on Tuesday. Eintracht Frankfurt board spokesman Axel Hellmann had called for action. “If Munich is not allowed to do so on Wednesday, other stadiums in the country will have to show their colors. Join them, league mates,” he already tweeted until Tuesday night and announced: “Deutsche Bank Park will light up in rainbow colors at the time of the Hungarian match. The Waldstadion will remain bright.”
Numerous institutions and companies have also shown their colors on Twitter. The profile photo of the Munich Fire Brigade appeared on Tuesday evening in rainbow colors, as did that of Messe München, who described it as a “sign” of a city full of joy of life, tolerance and cosmopolitanism “. Deutsche Bahn published an image of a train lit with colorful hearts. Munich police had already released a rainbow image on Monday. “For solidarity, tolerance and acceptance, and not just today,” was the slogan the officers chose as a legend.