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Ex-world champion Berthold: Black ribbon would be more appropriate than a rainbow armband

Berlin - The ex-national soccer player and world champion from 1990, Thomas Berthold, has criticized the decision of captain Manuel Neuer to wear his armband in the rainbow colors during the game against England. "A mourning ribbon and a minute's silence would have been much more appropriate here than a rainbow armband," said Berthold to Junge Freiheit.

In his criticism, the former Eintracht Frankfurt professional referred to the knife attack in Würzburg with three dead women and several injuries. According to Bavaria's Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann (CSU), it stands to reason that the Somali asylum seeker acted out of Islamist motives.

"Sport and politics must be separated"
Berthold was also critical of the increasing politicization of football. "Sport and politics have to be separated, unfortunately that is no longer the case during the European Championship," complained the former defender. He is excited to see how UEFA will evaluate the preliminary round match in Munich between Germany and Hungary, for example, in which a wind turbine was illuminated in the rainbow colors within sight of the stadium.

This was done at the instigation of the city of Munich after UEFA had forbidden to let the Allianz Arena shine in the colors of the LGBTQ community during the game. Among other things, the parliamentary groups in the Munich city council had called for this in order to set an example against the Hungarian law on protection against pedophilia and abuse. Critics complain that the law also discriminates against homosexuals.

Neuer announced on Monday evening that the DFB-Elf would take a stand against racism before the game against England and kneel down on the lawn. In addition, the German captain again wears a rainbow armband to demonstrate the team's solidarity with homosexuals and transsexuals.

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