Sports & Politics

The somewhat different flag

Certainly, it could be argued whether signals are still necessary at all in Germany to counter homophobia. Legally equal, long since integrated into society, no longer discriminated against in private: Germany like other european countries has shown the red card to unfortunate prejudices!

But the rainbow colours will become a political issue when Germany plays Hungary in the European Championship. The Munich Arena is to be lit up in the spectral colours this Wednesday, but the European Soccer Association refuses.

This raises questions: How (un)political is soccer? UEFA (the European Soccer Association) pretends to be apolitical, but intervenes massively politically when the homophobic-restrictive legislation of the Hungarian government is accepted without complaint, virtually by banning the rainbow colours.

Second question: Who is actually still the master of the house, the German state, the city of Munich, or a self-regulated association that sets its own rules and overrides the host state? A similar question also arises in Japan in the internal relationship with the Olympic Committee (IOC), whose President Bach displays a gentlemanly mentality that was thought to be long gone.

So, is our state cowering before obscure federations that are not willing to put their own house in order, or is our democracy flying the rainbow flag, Style PASS asks?

End of the world looks different

In some things, the Netherlands is quicker to take off its blinkers than other countries with a comparable social and political status. Let's think of cannabis, for example - of course we are not talking about the use of hashish here (prayer wheel on!), but the relaxation in the Netherlands has led neither to a decline in morals nor to an increase in crime, on the contrary.

Now a remarkable piece of news has reached the astonished public: in the Netherlands, women will be allowed to play soccer in mixed teams with men in all amateur leagues. The local soccer association speaks of a historic moment for amateur soccer, also worldwide. It is about girls and women having a place in the soccer landscape.


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