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UEFA making a mistake not including rainbow colours

22 June 2021

Statement by Senator Mark Wall
Spokesperson on Defence, Tourism and Sport

Labour sports spokesperson Mark Wall has said that UEFA’s decision to decline a request to illuminate the Allianz Arena in rainbow colours is wrong and should be overturned.

Senator Wall said:

“Sports fans throughout the world will be disappointed to see that UEFA has heeded the calls of Hungary in its decision not to light up the Allianz Arena in rainbow colours.

“Symbols are important, they send an important message of inclusivity and acceptance. We need to stand in solidarity with the LGBTQI+ community across the world, which includes LGBTQI+ members of the sporting community. In doing so, and in UEFA using its immense reach on the global stage, we can help make real change in sports, in our schools, in society.

“There is still unfinished business to ensure full equality for all citizens regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity in Ireland. However, I want to acknowledge the genuine efforts of many sporting bodies to build inclusive communities throughout the country. As recently as last night, the Aviva Stadium in Dublin lit up in rainbow colours in solidarity with the LGBTQI+ community. This symbol of hope and solidarity speaks loudly in direct contradiction to EUFA’s alternative decision.

“I would urge UEFA, and all sporting bodies in all countries, to understand the huge platform they have, and their power to make life better for communities that they stand in proud solidarity with.”