World Cup 2022: A protester holding the rainbow flag briefly interrupts the Portugal-Uruguay match

A World Cup match on Monday between Portugal and Uruguay was briefly interrupted by a protester who stormed the pitch to indicate his messages of help.

The protester, later recognized as Mario Ferri, ran onto the sector holding a rainbow flag and wore a blue Superman T-shirt that learn “SAVE UKRAINE” on the entrance and “RESPECT FOR IRANIAN WOMAN” on the again.

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A pitch invader is caught crossing the pitch with a rainbow flag during the World Cup group H soccer match between Portugal and Uruguay, at Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar on Monday, Nov. 28, 2022.

A pitch invader is caught crossing the pitch with a rainbow flag in the course of the World Cup group H soccer match between Portugal and Uruguay, at Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar on Monday, Nov. 28, 2022.
(AP Picture/Petr David Josek)

Safety officers gave chase and the flag was dropped on the sector earlier than he was escorted off. The protester was pushed away via a tunnel.

Ferri has a historical past of interrupting matches to convey consideration to world issues. He additionally took to the sector on the 2010 and 2014 World Cups and wore a T-shirt that learn “Save Favelas Youngsters,” in keeping with Rolling Stone. Ferri additionally drove from Italy to Poland to assist refugees who fled Russia’s invasion.

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The Qatari authorities has strict guidelines in opposition to homosexual intercourse and the remedy of LGBTQ individuals, who have been focused forward of the World Cup. Seven European groups have misplaced the battle to put on a multi-colored ‘One Love’ bracelet throughout matches, whereas followers have encountered issues whereas making an attempt to hold rainbow-colored gadgets or put on one thing with a rainbow flag throughout matches.

A pitch invader runs across the pitch with a rainbow flag during the World Cup group H soccer match between Portugal and Uruguay, at Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar on Monday, Nov. 28, 2022.

A pitch invader runs throughout the pitch with a rainbow flag in the course of the World Cup group H soccer match between Portugal and Uruguay, at Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar on Monday, Nov. 28, 2022.
(AP Picture/Abbie Parr)

A pitch invader runs across the pitch with a rainbow flag during the World Cup group H soccer match between Portugal and Uruguay, at Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar on Monday, Nov. 28, 2022.

A pitch invader runs throughout the pitch with a rainbow flag in the course of the World Cup group H soccer match between Portugal and Uruguay, at Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar on Monday, Nov. 28, 2022.
(AP Picture/Abbie Parr)

Bruno Fernandes of Portugal instructed reporters he thought the protester was making an attempt to take an image with Cristiano Ronaldo.

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“To be sincere, I did not actually see what message he was making an attempt to get throughout,” Fernandes stated via a translator. “However we have already talked about it many instances… We respect all human rights, however these are political points the place sadly we do not have a lot energy, the place we actually cannot change something.”

The Related Press contributed to this report.