UEFA declines Munich application for rainbow-colored stadium

MUNICH (AP) — German soccer clubs are banding together to display rainbow colors during the country’s match against Hungary at the European Championship after UEFA rejected host city Munich’s plan to do the same. Bundesliga clubs in Wolfsburg, Augsburg, Frankfurt, Cologne and the two in Berlin will light up their venues during Wednesday’s final group game in Munich in response to UEFA’s decision to deny the city council’s application to have its stadium illuminated in rainbow colors. UEFA says it understands the intention behind the proposal but “must decline this request” because of its political context. The council’s application specifically said it was to protest “the homophobic and transphobic legislation of the Hungarian government.”