Russian flags can be seen at Euro 2024 football game

(MENAFN) During the opening match of the European football championships between Germany and Scotland, held at the Munich Football Arena on Friday, Russian flags were prominently displayed, footage from the Stadium confirmed. This occurrence has sparked controversy as Russia has been barred from UEFA and FIFA events due to its involvement in the Ukraine conflict, resulting in its exclusion from Euro 2024, running from June 14 to July 14.

While stadium regulations do not explicitly prohibit the display of national flags, restrictions are in place against materials bearing discriminatory, racist, Politically radical, or violent messages, as well as political propaganda. Despite these guidelines, Russian flags have been discouraged in certain designated fan zones throughout the tournament.

Ahead of Euro 2024, Berlin authorities had specified that only national flags of participating countries would be permitted in specified areas, urging attendees to refrain from bringing flags unrelated to the championship. Berliner Morgenpost reported the authorities' stance, emphasizing the event's focus on football rather than other forms of expression or demonstration.

Footage from the match revealed at least two Russian flags being unfurled during the first half, notably bearing the inscription "Belgorod," a city in Russia close to the Ukrainian border that has witnessed ongoing military engagements and strikes. This display has raised questions and garnered attention amid ongoing geopolitical tensions and strict event regulations aimed at maintaining the championship's neutrality and focus on sport.



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