- A pitch invader waved a rainbow flag after running onto the field in the 51st minute of Portugal’s 2-0 win over Uruguay on Monday.
- The rainbow flag, also commonly referred to as the Pride flag, is a symbol widely used by those who wish to show support for LGBTQ+ rights.
- The subject of gay rights has been a hot topic surrounding FIFA’s decision to hold the World Cup in Qatar, where homosexuality is illegal.
On Monday, a pitch invader brandishing a rainbow flag momentarily interrupted the World Cup play between Portugal and Uruguay at the Lusail Iconic Stadium. The FIFA worldwide broadcast feed avoided showing the intruder, but the individual could be seen sprinting on the field while being pursued by security personnel.
Due to two second-half goals by Bruno Fernandes, Portugal won the match 2-0, ensuring the European team’s qualification for the knockout rounds. The incident involving the field invader occurred at minute 51 of the match. Later, the Iranian referee Alireza Faghani was observed retrieving the flag from the field.
The flag bearer was photographed wearing a shirt with the phrases “RESPECT FOR IRANIAN WOMAN” on the back and “SAVE UKRAINE” on the front.
Trendingsearches has reached out to FIFA and the tournament organizers in Qatar for additional information regarding the incident. Iran will face the United States Men’s National Team in a Group B match on Tuesday. Iran’s participation in the World Cup has occurred against the backdrop of the country’s political instability.
Ukraine was invaded by Russia on February 24. According to Ukrainian officials, Russian forces have regularly struck Ukraine’s electrical infrastructure in recent weeks, leaving more than seven million people without electricity after one round of attacks a week ago.
However, Ukrainians remain determined in the face of Russian missile attacks, and expectations for a negotiated end to the war remain remote, despite the top American general’s diplomatic efforts.
Similarly, the question of LGBTQ+ rights in Qatar has been a recurring theme during the World Cup. The rainbow represents LGBTQ+ pride.
On Saturday, two German soccer fans told CNN that security personnel requested them to remove the rainbow-colored items they were wearing as they made their way to the France vs. Denmark World Cup play.
Last week, both American writer Grant Wahl and former Welsh captain Laura McAllister said that security personnel instructed them to remove rainbow-colored clothes.
Wahl reported that he was freed 25 minutes after being arrested and that he received apologies from a FIFA representative and a senior member of the stadium’s security force.
FIFA pointed CNN to the tournament’s guidebook when asked to clarify the fan dress code. The handbook reads that “expats and visitors are free to wear the apparel of their choosing as long as it is modest and respectful of the culture.”
After some Welsh supporters were denied access to stadiums for wearing rainbow-colored bucket hats, FIFA informed the Welsh Football Association on Thursday that rainbow-colored flags and caps will be permitted at World Cup venues in Qatar.
In Qatar, intercourse between men is prohibited and punished by up to three years in prison, prompting criticism of the country’s LGBTQ+ laws.
Human Rights Watch reported examples as recently as September of Qatari security personnel arbitrarily arresting LGBT individuals and subjecting them to “ill-treatment in detention” in a report published last month.
However, the government has reaffirmed that “everyone is welcome” during the tournament, adding in a statement to CNN this month that “our track record demonstrates that we have warmly welcomed people of all backgrounds.”
Yes, but then no. Cristiano Ronaldo believed he had scored Portugal’s opening goal, but FIFA officials disagreed.
The 37-year-old rose midway through the second half to head a cross from Fernandes.
Ronaldo was confident that he had scored his second goal in as many games at Qatar 2022, and he certainly celebrated as though he had.
Ronaldo was upset, though, when referees changed their minds and awarded the goal to Fernandes.
In search of an equalizer, Uruguay increased its pressure, especially following the introductions of Luis Suárez and Maxi Gomez.
Gomez hit the post with a curling shot mere minutes after entering the game, while Suárez could only find the side netting shortly after.
Following the contentious award of a penalty by the video assistance referee for a handball by José Mara Giménez, Portugal secured the victory.
Manchester United midfielder Fernandes had two more opportunities to complete his hat-trick, but Uruguay goalkeeper Sergio Rochet and the crossbar prevented him.
Portugal has moved to the next round of the World Cup with a game to spare, whilst Uruguay must win its final match against Ghana in order to have any chance of advancing.
This will be the first World Cup meeting between the South American and African teams since their controversial 2010 quarterfinal, in which Uruguay defeated Ghana in a penalty shootout to advance to the semifinals.
A missed penalty in the final minute of extra time deprived Ghana of the distinction of being the first African team to reach the semifinals.
Dominic Adiyiah of Ghana was awarded a penalty kick after Luis Suarez blocked his initial shot on the goal line and then blocked his second attempt with his hand.
As a result, Suarez received a red card, but Asamoah Gyan’s penalty shot struck the crossbar, forcing a penalty shootout.