The World Cup match between Portugal and Uruguay was briefly interrupted by a pitch invader waving a rainbow flag on the pitch at the iconic Lusail stadium on Monday.
FIFA’s global television feed avoided showing the pitch invader, but the individual could be seen running around the pitch following the flag as he was chased by security officials.
Portugal won the match 2-0 thanks to two second-half goals from Bruno Fernandes, a win that secured the European side’s qualification for the knockout stages.
The incident involving the pitch invader happened in the 51st minute of the game. Iranian referee Alireza Faghani was then seen picking up the flag from the grass.
Getty’s photos showed the flag bearer wearing a shirt with the words “RESPECT FOR IRANIAN WOMEN” written on the back and “SAVE UKRAINE” written on the front.
In a statement sent to CNN by the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy — which since its formation in 2011 has been tasked with overseeing infrastructure projects and planning for the World Cup — he said the invader of ground had been forbidden to attend more matches.
“Following the invasion of the pitch that took place during the Portugal-Uruguay match last night, we can confirm that the individual involved was released shortly after being removed from the pitch. His embassy has been informed,” a he declared.
“As a result of his actions, and as is standard practice, his Hayya card has been canceled and he has been banned from attending future matches at this tournament.”
A Hayya card acts as a Qatari visa and all World Cup ticket holders must apply for it as it is used to identify supporters.
CNN has contacted FIFA and the Qatar tournament organizers for more information on the incident.
Iran, who face the United States men’s national team in a Group B match on Tuesday, at the World Cup came amid domestic unrest in the country.
Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24. In recent weeks, Russian forces have repeatedly targeted electricity infrastructure in Ukraine, leaving more than seven million people without power after a wave of strikes a week ago, according to Ukrainian officials.
However, the Ukrainians remain resolute in the face of Russian missile attacks and hopes for a negotiated end to the war remain distant, even if the American general pushes for diplomacy.
Meanwhile, the issue of LGBTQ+ rights in Qatar has also been a constant theme at the World Cup. The rainbow is a symbol of LGBTQ+ pride.
On Saturday, two German soccer fans told CNN that security officials asked them to remove the rainbow-colored items they were wearing as they went to watch the Cup match. of the world between France and Denmark.
Last week, US journalist Grant Wahl and former Wales captain Laura McAllister both said they were told by security staff to remove the rainbow-patterned clothing.
Wahl said he was released 25 minutes after being detained and received an apology from a FIFA representative and a senior member of the stadium security team.
When asked to clarify the dress code for fans, FIFA referred CNN to the tournament manual, which states that “expats and tourists are free to wear whatever clothing they choose, as long as they are modest and respectful of the culture”.
After some Wales fans were also refused entry to stadiums for wearing rainbow-coloured bucket hats, the Football Association of Wales said FIFA told the federation that rainbow colored flags and hats would be allowed in World Cup stadiums in Qatar.
Qatar’s LGBTQ+ laws – where sex between men is illegal and punishable by up to three years in prison in the country – have come under criticism.
A report by Human Rights Watch, published last month, documented cases as recent as September where Qatari security forces arbitrarily arrested LGBT people and subjected them to “ill-treatment in detention”.
However, the country has insisted that “everyone is welcome” at the tournament, adding in a statement to CNN this month that “our record has shown that we have warmly welcomed all people, regardless of their origin”.
Cristiano Ronaldo thought he had scored Portugal’s first goal – but not according to FIFA officials.
Midway through the second half, the 37-year-old rose to head a cross from Fernandes.
Ronaldo looked confident he had gotten the slightest touch to score his second goal in as many games at Qatar 2022 – and he certainly celebrated as if he had.
However, Ronaldo was disappointed after the officials changed their minds, awarding the goal to Fernandes.
In search of an equaliser, Uruguay increased the pressure, especially after the introduction of Luis Suárez and Maxi Gomez.
Just minutes after entering, Gomez hit the post with a curling effort while Suárez could only hit the side netting from close range shortly after.
Portugal concluded their victory after the video assistant referee awarded a controversial penalty for a handball by José María Giménez.
Fernandes had two more chances to complete his hat-trick but was denied by Uruguay keeper Sergio Rochet and then the post thwarted the Manchester United midfielder.
The win means Portugal have progressed to the next stage of the World Cup with one game to spare, while Uruguay need a victory in their last game against Ghana to hope to progress.
Friday’s match between the South American side and the African side will be the first World Cup meeting since their controversial quarter-final in 2010, when Uruguay beat Ghana in a penalty shootout. dramatic goal to reach the semi-finals.
Ghana had to regret a missed penalty in the last minute of extra time, which denied them the honor of becoming the first African team to reach the semi-finals.
The penalty was awarded after Ghana’s Dominic Adiyiah had his first shot blocked on the line by Suarez and his follow-up effort was prevented by the hand of the Uruguay striker.
It meant a red card for Suarez, but Asamoah Gyan’s penalty hit the crossbar, ensuring the game ended in a penalty shootout.
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