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Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has been the subject of a UEFA investigation after he wore a rainbow coloured captain's armband in support of Pride Month during his country's first two games of the Euros.
The Germans have had a mixed start to the tournament after losing their first match 1-0 to France but beating Portugal 4-2 to leave them in second place in Group F going into the final round of fixtures before the knockout stages.
They next play against Hungary on Wednesday, but their preparation has been disrupted by the news that UEFA were looking into Neuer's armband on the basis that they prohibit 'political' signs being made during games.
Manuel Neuer has worn a rainbow-coloured armband in Germany's two Euros games so far
(Image: POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
However, Germany posted a tweet on Sunday evening which read: "UEFA has carried out the review of the @Manuel Neuer worn captain's armband will be discontinued on Sunday evening by notification to the DFB. In the letter, the rainbow band is rated as a symbol of the team for diversity and thus for a good cause'."
Christian Rudolph, Board member of LSVD (the German Lesbian and Gay Federation) is among those who have slammed UEFA for their investigation.
He said: "That is unacceptable. It is a fatal sign. We are currently in Pride Month and at the most important sporting event of the month should the wearing of a rainbow captain's armband be prevented?
"Uefa also needs to think about who it represents. How should the athletes think about it now? We are committed to open football.
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"And this month we also want to send a signal to all the athletes from the LGBTI community. It was important to us that Neuer can wear the rainbow captain's armband for the entire month. These are now the values that the DFB represents."
Germany are also planning to light up Munich's Allianz Arena in rainbow colours for the game against Hungary.
Meanwhile, their impressive victory against Portugal has led some to label them as dark horses to win the tournament
But their manager Joachim Low is certainly not getting carried away by the performance.
Speaking after the game he said: “It doesn’t have anything to do with initiating something. It gives you some satisfaction but we never had any doubts after losing to the world champions, we knew we could do better.
“At a tournament you know how it goes, step by step. The next step will be Hungary, which will be hard as they park the bus in defence. Overall it was a strong performance against a technically good Portuguese team who were strong on the counter-attack.
“Especially after going behind we showed a great team spirit, we didn’t lose control, we were dynamic and energetic, created a lot of opportunities.
“We managed to be a threat to the defence and overall this victory is well deserved.”