I know here on tumblr.org many of you are not that into the sportsball, but I know you love righteous drama and pettiness, and oof, do we have some for you over in football land.
So Hungary, as you may've heard, has put out some anti-LGBT legislation that would ban the depiction or promotion of homosexuality to people under 18. It's not quite law yet but it's just got to get through their president Viktor Orban who is, unfortunately, a shit.
Meanwhile, football, no the other kind of football- the one with the round ball, is currently having a big European tournament. Euro 2020. Yeah, they didn't rename it. Doesn't matter.
Germany were due to play Hungary last night in Munich and they asked the governing body of the tournament for permission to light up the stadium in a rainbow. Like this:
But they said no. Specifically, they said no while dressed in a rainbow pfp and claiming that the rainbow isn't a political symbol:
And Germany, bless them, looked at that and said, ooh bitch it's on now.
Munich city hall got out the banners
Here are the fans going to the match
The German captain Manuel Neuer in his rainbow armband (which UEFA had previously made noises about disciplining him for, because they're bastards all around)
A brief selection of the many stadiums across Germany that lit up in solidarity
And last but not least this absolute madlad who ran onto the pitch during Hungary's anthem
Viktor Orban stayed at home and sulked, and Hungary got knocked out of the tournament.
I'm sad to see Germany leave the tournament, but can we just take a moment to appreciate how Manuel Neuer, the German team captain, changed this whole tournament by wearing that pride flag captain's arm band? He brought LGBT rights into a fucking football tournament. Made pride flags appear fucking everywhere. Made other players show their support of the LGBT community on social media. Even inspired the English team captain, Harry Kane, to wear an arm band just like his own today when they met. Like? Fuck. This is so big. I cannot wrap my head around this. He did that. He is a legend, and I respect him so much.
just like to remind everyone that even though Italy winning tonight was great, domestic violence cases are shown to go up by 38% in the uk when a team loses so I’ve put some links/info down below that i would be grateful if people shared even if they don’t need to use them themselves! -
England Refuge’s National Domestic Abuse Helpline 0808 2000 247
Northern Ireland Domestic and Sexual Abuse Helpline 0808 802 1414
You can register with the emergencySMS. Text REGISTER to 999. You will get a text which tells you what to do next. Do this when it is safe so you can text when you are in danger.
Ask for ANI codeword
If you are experiencing domestic abuse and need immediate help, ask for ‘ANI’ in a participating pharmacy. ‘ANI’ stands for Action Needed Immediately. If a pharmacy has the ‘Ask for ANI’ logo on display, it means they’re ready to help. They will offer you a private space, provide a phone and ask if you need support from the police or other domestic abuse support services.