The Munich stadium was set to light up in rainbow colours on the evening of Wednesday 23 June for the EURO match between Germany and Hungary, to show support for diversity. Due to existing statutes however, UEFA had to turn down the request from the Munich city council.
Although this demonstration, which is so important for society as a whole, could not be carried out in a stadium hosting the EURO, it served to highlight how close the ties are within German football when it comes to creating awareness for human rights, diversity and tolerance. And so it is that VfL and a number of other Bundesliga clubs have decided to deck their stadiums out in rainbow lights. From Wolfsburg to Frankfurt, from Cologne across to Berlin and down to Augsburg, football grounds will be lighting up for diversity.
VfL Managing Director Michael Meeske: "Football is colourful, and that is exactly what it should be. We are proud of the fact that we were one of the first Bundesliga clubs to speak out strongly for diversity via the introduction of the rainbow captain’s armband by our former player Nilla Fischer. Diversity and tolerance are values that are deeply rooted here at VfL, and that makes it all the more pleasing to see how many clubs, institutions and leagues are coming forward to display rainbow colours. This is less of a political statement and more of a sign of a deep moral conviction. And this is why it is important for us to use the media attention that this discussion has generated to advocate for more tolerance and respect throughout society, which is something that we have also been working towards throughout the season through a variety of different means.”
More information on diversity at VfL