Germany learn UEFA’s decision in Manuel Neuer investigation over rainbow armband

Germany have confirmed that UEFA has dropped its investigation into captain Manuel Neuer's rainbow armband at Euro 2020.

Neuer has worn the rainbow armband to show solidarity with the LGBT+ community during Pride Month in June.

The Bayern Munich goalkeeper first wore it in Germany's friendly against Latvia on June 7, before continuing to do so in their opening Euro 2020 fixtures against France and Portugal over the past week.

However, UEFA recently launched a controversial investigation to determine whether the rainbow armband had breached its rules regarding on-field political statements, which the German FA say has now been dropped.

A statement released on Germany football team's Facebook and Twitter pages reads: "UEFA have today shared with the DFB that they have stopped the review of the rainbow captain's armband worn by @Manuel_Neuer.

"In a letter, the armband has been assessed as a team symbol for diversity and thus for a 'good cause.'"

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Germany are considering lighting up their Munich stadium with rainbow colours for their final group outing against Hungary on Wednesday night.

The Mayor of Munich revealed on Sunday that he is planning to ask UEFA for permission to light up the Allianz Arena with the Pride flag colours to help in the fight against homophobia.

"This is an important sign of tolerance and equality," Dieter Reiter told news agency dpa.

Munich's city council had already called for the stadium to be lit in rainbow colours to protest a law passed by Hungary that prohibits sharing with minors any content portraying homosexuality or sex reassignment.

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Hungary's new law has been denounced as anti-LGBT+ discrimination by a number of human rights groups.

The Munich council said in its application: "It is important for the state capital Munich to set a visible sign of solidarity with the LGBTI community in Hungary, which is suffering from the current stricter homophobic and transphobic legislation of the Hungarian government."

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