Spain And Portugal Risk Early Exits At Euro 2020 As Rainbow Row Escalates
Sumaira FH 1 month ago Wed 23rd June 2021 | 05:40 PM
Paris, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 23rd Jun, 2021 ) :Spain and reigning champions Portugal are at risk of a shock early exit from Euro 2020 on Wednesday, while UEFA again defended its decision to stop Munich from illuminating the Allianz Arena in rainbow colours ahead of Germany's crucial match with Hungary.
The Germans need a draw in the Bavarian capital to reach the last 16 on the last day of group matches but defeat would send Hungary through and possibly condemn Joachim Loew's side to another group-stage exit, just like at the 2018 World Cup.
UEFA on Wednesday added the rainbow colours to its logo while defending its decision, insisting that the Munich's request was politically-motivated.
European football's governing body said in a statement that Munich's request was "linked to the Hungarian football team's presence in the stadium for this evening's match with Germany." Munich's mayor Dieter Reiter on Tuesday called the decision "shameful" and announced plans to decorate other city landmarks in rainbow colours instead.
Rainbow flags will fly at the town hall and a huge wind turbine close to the stadium and the city's 291-metre (955-foot) Olympic Tower will be lit up as well.
EU chief Ursula von der Leyen weighed in on the row, saying the Hungarian bill "clearly discriminates against people on the basis of their sexual orientation".
In response, stadia across Hungary will be illuminated in the national colours of red, white and green during the match, led by calls from Gabor Kubatov, who is president of the country's biggest club Ferencvaros and also a vice-president of Orban's ruling Fidesz party.
The initiative has also been backed by other Hungarian clubs, including those whose management are linked to Fidesz and nationalist Orban, who is a football fanatic and a keen follower of the Hungary team.
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"I have a feeling that we are like a bottle of cava that is about to be uncorked," said coach Luis Enrique.
"As soon as we put in one complete performance and get a big victory, the confidence will come and you will start to see the best of us."Slovakia need a point to be certain of progressing, while Robert Lewandowski's Poland have to beat already-qualified Sweden to advance.