The man who ran onto the pitch during the Qatar World Cup match between Portugal and Uruguay waving a flag for LGBTQ rights, Ukraine and Iranian women is a famous Italian figure.
The World Cup has caused controversy because of the clampdown on any kind of protest in the stands or on the field, with players banned from wearing a One Love armband and fans not allowed to enter the stadium with anything that has a rainbow on it.
Homosexuality is illegal in Qatar and any symbol of LGBTQI+ rights is also confiscated by the authorities.
That didn’t stop Mario Ferri, known as Il Falco – The Falcon, from running onto the pitch during the match between Portugal and Uruguay waving a rainbow flag.
He also had his traditional Superman T-Shirt, but this time it had two different messages on it.
The front read ‘Save Ukraine’ and the back had ‘Respect for Iranian Woman.’
Ferri was arrested, but that’s nothing new to him, as the 35-year-old also had pitch invasion stunts at the Club World Cup, Belgium-USA in the 2014 World Cup and Napoli–Juventus in 2017, amongst others.