Portugal and Uruguay

Pitch invader with rainbow flag interrupts World Cup match between Portugal and Uruguay

Portugal and Uruguay

The FIFA World Cup match between Portugal and Uruguay is seen by a pitcher looking at a rainbow flag on the grounds of the Lusail Iconic Stadium on Monday.

Portugal and Uruguay

The FIFA global television feed refrained from showing the pitch invader, but the man could be seen running behind waving a flag as security officers chased him.

Portugal and Uruguay

Portugal won the match 2–0 thanks to two second-half goals from Bruno Fernandes, a victory that ensured the European team's qualification for the knockout matches.

Portugal and Uruguay

The incident involving the pitch invader occurred in the 51st minute of the second half of the game.

Portugal and Uruguay

Iranian referee Alireza Faghani was later seen raising the flag from the turf.

Portugal and Uruguay

Getty photos showed the flag carrier wearing a shirt with the words “RESPECT FOR IRANIAN WOMAN” written on the back and “SAVE UKRAINE” writing on the front. 

Portugal and Uruguay

The pitch invader has since been identified as Italian Mario Ferri, who continues to describe himself on his Instagram feed as a "football player" and a "modern pirate".