Germany’s Leon Goretzka sent a bold message of love and support to the LGBTQ+ community after scoring a crucial goal on Wednesday night in Euro 2020.
The German midfielder scored his side’s second goal in a thrilling 2-2 draw with Hungary in Munich’s Allianz Arena which progressed Germany through to the second round and a big fixture with England on Tuesday.
The build-up to the match was dominated by Uefa’s controversial decision to deny the Munich authorities request to light up the stadium in the Pride rainbow colours in opposition to oppressive new anti-LGBTQ+ laws recently enforced by the Hungarian government. Uefa, who claim to be proud supporters of the LGBTQ+ community, said that Munich’s protest was a ‘political statement’ and therefore denied their application.
However, the German players still found ways to show support for the community. Captain Manuel Neuer wore a rainbow armband during the match but Goretzka, who made a heart symbol towards the Hungarian fans after he scored, was the player on everyone’s lips after the final whistle.