A pitch invader brandishing a rainbow flag disrupted the Hungary national anthem before their Euro 2020 clash with Germany on Wednesday evening.
The spectator stopped in front of the Hungary players, before being tackled to the ground by stewards at the match.
Dozens of fans had brought rainbow flags, a symbol of the LGBTQ+ movement, to the match to make a stand in response to Hungary’s parliament banning gay people from appearing in school educational materials or programmes for under-18s.
UEFA had earlier declined a request for the Allianz Arena to be lit up in rainbow colours before the match.
European football’s governing body refused to allow the gesture due to its political context.
“Racism, homophobia, sexism, and all forms of discrimination are a stain on our societies – and represent one of the biggest problems faced by the game today,” a statement from UEFA read.
“Discriminatory behaviour has marred both matches themselves and, outside the stadiums, the online discourse around the sport we love.
“However UEFA, through its statutes, is a politically and religiously neutral organisation. Given the political context of this specific request – a message aiming at a decision taken by the Hungarian national parliament – UEFA must decline this request.”
UEFA suggested the stadium be lit up in rainbow colours on either June 28 – the Christopher Street Liberation Day – or between July 3 and 9 which is the Christopher Street Day week in Munich.
The decision comes after Germany captain Manuel Neuer was deemed to be ‘promoting a good cause’ while wearing a rainbow-coloured armband to mark Pride Month during the victory over Portugal.