Amid all the genuine excitement about sight of full stadium in Budapest for Euros, thousands marching against the knee in a country that has long been hostile to immigrants also needs to be noted. Hungary, after Portugal, fast becoming UEFA’s go to country when it needs a venue. ImageImage
The relationship between UEFA and Hungary might come to bite it if this type of movement grows and becomes more visible.
Football organisations have long preferred dealing with authoritarian regimes. While UEFA likes Hungary, FIFA has forged links with the likes of Saudi and Rwanda
Why do sports bodies like these regimes? Clue here from now disgraced former FIFA secretary general:…
Right, remember that discussion from the other day? Well, UEFA have denied Munich's request to have the stadium for tonight's game between #GER and #HUN lit up in rainbow colours because it might be deemed to be a political act given Hungarian govt's position on homosexuality.
UEFA have suggested the stadium can be lit up another day, so as not to be seen as political commentary on the policy of the government of a Euro 2020 nation. Seems kind of a flimsy position when UEFA's own Equal Game campaign is aimed at tackling discrmination.
This from UEFA's Equal Game founding document: Racism, homophobia, sexism, and all forms of discrimination are a stain on our societies – and represent one of the biggest problems faced by the game today.

More on its website here:…

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