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Uefa bans the use of hit songs during the football European Championship – linked to far-right forces

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Preparations are being made for the EC in Germany. Photo: Michael Sohn / AP / NTB

Of NTB | 01.06.2024 13:53:07

Sport: The European Football Confederation’s media manager Christian Wiesmayr confirms the decision to the news agency DPA on Saturday.

The song in question was recorded by Italian DJ Gigi D’Agostino. Recently, it was used when crowds in Germany shouted far-right lyrics to the tune of the ten-year-old pop song.

The Austrian national team has previously used the song to celebrate big victories. It has regularly been played right after the end of the match, according to the news site Profil.

The Austrian Football Association understands the action Uefa has now taken.

“ÖFB clearly stands for tolerance, diversity and integration and is committed to promoting respectful coexistence in all areas of society. Following the recent incidents of misuse of the song, it will not be played at our international matches,” it said in a statement.

“L’amours toujours” was initially included in the EC playlist sent to Uefa for approval in March.

The various nations can propose songs to be played during the warm-up and after the matches in the EC.

Several ugly incidents involving racist chants to the song in question have caused outrage in Germany after videos of the episodes went viral. Police in several German states have also launched investigations into suspected incitement to hatred.

A video shows revelers on the island of Sylt shouting “foreigners out – Germany for Germans” to the tune of “L’amours toujours”.

The EC finals in Germany will be played from 14 June to 14 July. Austria starts against France on June 17.

(© NTB)

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