Bayern Munich have officially announced that club captain Manuel Neuer will wear a rainbow armband for Saturday’s game against Hoffenheim.
Instead of the standard white armband with the club logo, Neuer will wear a rainbow-coloured one, which represents the LGBT pride flag. The Allianz Arena will also be lit up in rainbow colours, and the interior decor will also be changed accordingly.
Manuel Neuer will wear a captain's armband in rainbow colors for the first time on Saturday against Hoffenheim, as a symbol of tolerance and diversity [Bild] pic.twitter.com/eCN5M9WmG2
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An official statement released by the club read:
For the home game against Hoffenheim on Saturday, the Allianz Arena will shine in rainbow colours, the interior of the stadium will be designed accordingly and Manuel Neuer will wear a captain’s armband in the colours that represent diversity. The captains of the women’s team and the reserves will also wear this symbol of tolerance, and the FC Bayern basketball players will likewise take part in the campaign. Once again, the German record champions make it clear: ‘Mia san bunt’! (‘we are varied’)
Club President Herbert Hainer explained that the decision was taken by the Bundesliga champions to “create awareness and to help break down prejudices”.
He said: “FC Bayern looks back not just at a long, successful sporting tradition – the club has also been known for a tolerant and liberal world view since its foundation a good 121 years ago. On the occasion of this year’s Remembrance Day, we would particularly like to commemorate our former President Angelo Knorr, who was arrested for his homosexuality.
“As the predecessor of Kurt Landauer, he played a key role in the development of our club. We are grateful to him to this day. It is one of the irrevocable human rights to be able to live freely. We stand up for the liberal values of our society. It is important to us to create awareness and to help break down prejudices. That is why FC Bayern says very clearly: Mia san bunt!”
Club CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was very clear on the messaging, and said, “As a cosmopolitan club, FC Bayern stands for tolerance and diversity. Homophobia, hatred and exclusion of any kind should not play a role in this world.”