TravelGuides – ‘Is my life worth less than someone else’s?’: Lesbian footballer slams UEFA for banning pride lights

TravelGuides – ‘Is my life worth less than someone else’s?’: Lesbian footballer slams UEFA for banning pride lights

Chelsea captain Magdalena Eriksson has slammed UEFA for banning rainbow shows at Euro 2020 matches. 

Writing in The Athletic, Eriksson, 27, described the choice as ‘scary’ and mentioned it made her query the worth the soccer affiliation places on her life as an brazenly homosexual participant. 

‘Does this imply that my life is worth less than someone else’s? Than someone who resides the norm, dwelling a unique life-style?’, she wrote. 

Eriksson blasted UEFA’s continued refusal to permit rainbow flags at some matches after they have been once more banned for two quarter finals and officers appeared to confiscate a rainbow flag from a Denmark supporter in Baku. 

German officers have been banned from lighting up Munich’s Allianz Arena with rainbow colors for the Euros tie with Hungary over ‘political context’ after Viktor Orban’s authorities handed new anti-LGBT legal guidelines.  

The Swedish footballer is in a relationship with Chelsea crew-mate and Denmark star Pernille Harder, 28, and the couple reside collectively in London.    

Chelsea star Magdalena Eriksson (right, with girlfriend Pernille Harder) has spoken out over UEFA's refusal to light up a stadium in Munich with rainbow colours for Germany's Euros 2020 clash with Hungary

Chelsea star Magdalena Eriksson (proper, with girlfriend Pernille Harder) has spoken out over UEFA’s refusal to mild up a stadium in Munich with rainbow colors for Germany’s Euros 2020 conflict with Hungary

The couple shot to fame when they were pictured sharing a kiss as Eriksson celebrated Sweden beating Canada in a last 16 match in the Women's World Cup in France in 2019

The couple shot to fame after they have been pictured sharing a kiss as Eriksson celebrated Sweden beating Canada in a final 16 match within the Women’s World Cup in France in 2019

She mentioned the problem of homosexual pride flags and illuminations at soccer matches shouldn’t be a political query, however one among human rights. 

‘It’s not about being political in any respect however so many nations have legal guidelines that make it so’, she mentioned, citing legal guidelines in ‘regressive’ legal guidelines in Poland and Russia. 

‘It’s scary, plain and easy. Society isn’t at all times transferring ahead and taking new steps.’

But Eriksson described soccer as a power to push for range, equality, and anti-discrimination.    

Only seven or eight years in the past, she defined, you’d by no means have seen a rainbow flag at a sport. 

‘The Euros supplied such an enormous platform for UEFA to place its foot down, making it clear that each one lives are equal and that human rights will not be up for debate’, she wrote.

But in a dig on the European affiliation she mentioned it was ‘apparent’ soccer nonetheless has an extended option to go to be a secure area for LGBTQ+ individuals. 

‘Still, to at the present time in 2021, it’s not accepted on this planet for me to like the individual I really like. 

‘How can it’s OK to have a rainbow flag or rainbow commercial in Denmark however not in Hungary or Azerbaijan? That’s why it’s actually essential that we elevate our voices now and we are saying that each one this isn’t OK’, she wrote.

‘Hopefully, soccer will at some point change into an setting the place a male participant feels comfy sufficient to return out and inform the world that he’s homosexual… that second is clearly not now.’

Eriksson said the issue of gay pride flags and illuminations at football matches is not a political question, but one of human rights (pictured, during a FA Women's Super League match on March 28)

Eriksson mentioned the problem of homosexual pride flags and illuminations at soccer matches shouldn’t be a political query, however one among human rights (pictured, throughout a FA Women’s Super League match on March 28)

Eriksson said the issue of gay pride flags and illuminations at football matches is not a political question, but one of human rights (Pictured, Olympiastadion in Berlin, Germany lit up in protest during the national team's clash with Hungary)

Eriksson mentioned the problem of homosexual pride flags and illuminations at soccer matches shouldn’t be a political query, however one among human rights (Pictured, Olympiastadion in Berlin, Germany lit up in protest throughout the nationwide crew’s conflict with Hungary)

She additionally hit out at claims footballers ought to keep quiet on political points, explaining her position as ‘serving to to kind younger kids’s views on proper and incorrect.’

She cited Marcus Rashford’s work encouraging the British authorities to supply free faculty meals all through faculty holidays, and Romelu Lukaku and Raheem Sterling talking out in opposition to racism. 

‘For thousands and thousands of children following footballers all around the world, how we act and what we are saying issues deeply to them’, she wrote.   

‘Even if I don’t change something on an enormous political stage, the potential for making one individual’s life a bit bit simpler implies that being an activist is 100 per cent worth it. 

‘I understand how a lot it means to our followers that Pernille and I are open about our sexuality, displaying the world that our relationship is regular and must be accepted.’

Eriksson and Pernille, who received the FA Women’s Super League collectively this season, went viral after they have been pictured sharing a kiss as Eriksson celebrated Sweden beating Canada in a final 16 match within the Women’s World Cup in France in 2019.

The couple have since used their platform for LGBT+ advocacy and opened their inboxes final Valentine’s Day for individuals struggling to return out. 

‘I wish to unfold my message and I wish to normalise the values that I’ve, no matter whether or not individuals agree with me or not. 

‘The world could be a greater place if individuals have been extra accepting and numerous,’ Eriksson wrote. 

The couple have been collectively since 2014 when the met taking part in collectively for Linköpings in Sweden. 

Eriksson and Pernille, who won the FA Women's Super League together this season (pictured, centre), are known for their LGBTQ+ advocacy

Eriksson and Pernille, who received the FA Women’s Super League collectively this season (pictured, centre), are recognized for their LGBTQ+ advocacy

TravelGuides – ‘Is my life worth less than someone else’s?’: Lesbian footballer slams UEFA for banning pride lights