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Rainbow flag protestor invades pitch at World Cup

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 A protester carrying a rainbow flag stormed the pitch at a World Cup sport on Monday.

In addition to the symbolic LGBT pleasure flag, the person wore a Superman T-shirt that learn “Save Ukraine” on the entrance and “Respect for Iranian Girl” on the again throughout the match between Portugal and Uruguay. 

Safety officers chased the protester after which escorted him off the sector. 

Qatar’s internet hosting of the World Cup has been marred by controversy, significantly over the nation’s therapy of migrant staff and the LGBTQ+ group. 

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Qatari ambassador Khalid Salman referred to as homosexuality “injury within the thoughts” earlier than the competition, phrases that had been referred to as “dangerous and unacceptable” by Human Rights Watch. 

Qatar has mentioned everyone seems to be welcome on the World Cup.

Through the tussle, the protestor dropped the rainbow flag on the bottom, which remained on the pitch for a number of moments earlier than a member of workers got here and took it away. 

The person, with the gold trident of Ukraine’s flag tattooed on his arm, was taken away by way of a tunnel. 

It’s not clear what has occurred to him. 

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Thierry De Backer, FIFA’s media officer on the sport, advised the Related Press he had “no thought” whether or not the person had been charged or detained. Native Qatari organisers didn’t remark.

In the meantime, the person’s assist of Iranian ladies drew reward from some quarters on social media. 

Iranians attending the World Cup have demonstrated exterior of stadiums and booed the nationwide anthem, amid mass anti-government protests at residence. 

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Within the first week of the World Cup, a number of European groups didn’t put on multi-coloured “One Love” armbands, after Fifa threatened captains with sanctions. 

Followers have additionally complained about not being allowed to carry objects with rainbow colors into the stadiums within the conservative Islamic emirate.

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Qatar has mentioned everyone seems to be welcome on the World Cup, together with LGBTQ followers, however that guests ought to respect the nation’s tradition.

Homosexuality is unlawful in Qatar. 

The incident occurred throughout the second half of the sport at Lusail Stadium.

Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes mentioned he didn’t correctly discover the protestor, claiming he thought he needed to take a photograph with Cristiano Ronaldo, his star teammate.

“To be trustworthy I didn’t actually see what was the message that was attempting to be conveyed,” he advised reporters. 

“However we’ve already spoken about that many occasions. … We respect all human rights however these are political points the place we sadly don’t actually have a lot power, the place we will’t actually change something.”

Earlier than the World Cup, Fernandes mentioned soccer needs to be “for everybody,” including that he wasn’t completely satisfied about staff who died constructing stadiums in Qatar.

Portugal gained the sport 2-0.

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