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The Latest: UEFA allows rainbow-colored flags in Budapest – USA TODAY

The Latest on soccer’s European Championship:

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UEFA says rainbow flags are allowed at the Puskas Arena in Budapest for the European Championship match between the Netherlands and the Czech Republic in the round of 16.

UEFA writes on Twitter that it informed Hungarian soccer authorities that “rainbow-coloured symbols are not political and in line with UEFA’s #EqualGame campaign.”

Hungary has faced fierce criticism in Europe for a new law that will ban showing content about LGBT issues to children. The government says it is aimed at protecting children but critics say it links pedophilia to homosexuality.

The Dutch government has been a vocal critic of the law.

Netherlands captain Georginio Wijnaldum will wear an armband emblazoned with the text OneLove and a multicolored heart for the match.

The Dutch soccer association launched the OneLove campaign last year to tackle racism and intolerance in soccer and to promote unity.

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Cristiano Ronaldo will be trying to make even more history at the European Championship when Portugal takes on Belgium in the round of 16.

Ronaldo has already set the record for most career goals at the tournament and has become the first player to score in five different European Championships. He’s also tied with former Iran striker Ali Daei for the most goals scored for a men’s national team with 109.

Defending champion Portugal will face Belgium in Seville in the late match at Euro 2020. The Netherlands will take on the Czech Republic in Budapest in the early game.

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