One of the most successful soccer clubs in the world has won a fight against bosses to wear a Pride flag on their new uniforms.
Swedish club FC Rosengård, a 10-time champion in the country’s women’s football league, stitched a rainbow flag on the back of their new jerseys to celebrate equality.
But the club’s chief executive officer, Klas Tjebbes, has revealed the European football association bosses were opposed to their idea.
He says UEFA headquarters refused the request to have Pride flags on the uniform on the grounds of the rainbow colors not being the national flag, according to The Local.
‘I wrote to them in a pretty kind tone and probably argued well. Eventually they replied that they could not approve it according to their statutes, but that they also saw no reason to prevent it,’ Tjebbes told Sydsvenskan newspaper.
Anita Asante, a British footballer playing for Rosengård, added: ‘Having the rainbow flag on our shirts is a good symbol which illustrates our openness as a club.
‘That we are welcoming to all people, of different backgrounds and different identities.’