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DOHA: A man wearing a rainbow flag and a T-shirt with the words “Respect for the Iranian woman” on the back entered the field during a match at the Qatar FIFA World Cup on Monday.
The man was on the field for about 30 seconds during the second half of the match between Portugal and Uruguay before being tackled and taken away by security.
He also had the words “Save Ukraine” on the front of his T-shirt, referring to the war-torn nation.
“We know what happened around this World Cup… It’s normal for this to happen,” said Portuguese player Ruben Neves.
“Of course we are all with them. Also with Iran, with the Iranian women. So I hope it doesn’t happen to the boy because we understand his message and I think the whole world gets it too.”

The demonstrator was identified by the Italian news agency AGI as the Italian Mario Ferri.
He has organized similar protests before, including at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, where he raised the issue of children living in poverty.
Gay rights and the use of the rainbow flag were a lingering topic at the World Cup in Qatar, where homosexuality is illegal.
Captains from seven European teams planned to wear rainbow-themed anti-discrimination armbands during the tournament as part of a campaign for diversity.
But they pulled out over threats of disciplinary action from the governing body FIFA, including yellow cards.
British Sports Minister Stuart Andrew will wear the armband on Tuesday when he attends England v Wales meeting.

German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser wore the “OneLove” bracelet last week as she sat next to FIFA President Gianni Infantino ahead of Germany’s shock 2-1 defeat to Japan.
Fans complained earlier in the tournament that they had been told to remove garments with the rainbow on them.
Monday’s protest on the field was addressed by White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, who spoke on the eve of a politically charged game between the US and Iran in Qatar.
“We are concerned about the potential treatment of LGBTQ+ spectators and athletes,” she said.
“We urge the State of Qatar and all Qataris to fully realize the Emir’s message and that is to really recognize it, to welcome everyone to the Cup, the World Cup.”
FIFA said it was unable to comment at this stage.
Iran’s team has been in the spotlight separately for anti-government protests at home.
The Iranian team did not sing the national anthem before their first game against England in an apparent gesture of solidarity with the protesters.
Iran has been rocked by more than two months of nationwide demonstrations since the September 16 death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in police custody.
Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian of Kurdish descent, died three days after her arrest in Tehran for an alleged violation of the dress code for women, including the mandatory hijab headscarf.
The Norway-based Iranian human rights organization says more than 410 people have been killed in government crackdowns.

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