April 1, 2023

A protester carrying a rainbow flag and wearing a ‘Save Ukraine’ T-shirt invaded the pitch of Portugal’s World Cup group-stage match with Uruguay.

The supporter, whose blue top had the Superman logo on the front and the words ‘Respect Iranian Women’ on the back, entered the field of play during the second half.

Security officials chased the person down and he dropped the flag on the field before being escorted off the field. The referee then picked up the flag and left it on the sideline, where it stayed for a few moments before a worker came and collected it.

The incident comes amid a tournament which has been surrounded by controversy over hosts Qatar’s treatment of the LGBTQ community as well as anti-government demonstrations in Iran.


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