FIFA World Cup 2022: In an effort to promote the LGBTQ community while the World Cup is being held in the sensitive host country Qatar, a guy entered the field of play during Monday’s Portugal vs. Uruguay game carrying a rainbow flag. The incident has become a subject of talk across the globe and the video of the incident is now going viral over the social media.
Broadcasters avoided showing the man
During the 30 seconds he interfered with the game, broadcasters made an effort to avoid focusing on the man and the rainbow flag he was waving. But soon after, images of him sprinting across the Lusail stadium field inundated social media.
During football games, there are frequent interruptions by several kind of people. The issue surrounding Qatar, the Islamic, conservative country that is hosting this year’s World Cup, made this event in particular quite sensitive.The word “Save Ukraine” was scrawled on the front of the man’s Superman T-shirt. “Respect for Iranian Women” was written on the back.
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Qatar rules seems to have irked fans
Even though same-sex partnerships are illegal in Qatar, both Qatar and FIFA President Gianni Infantino have emphasized that everyone will be welcomed there. Additionally, civil partnerships are also not acknowledged in the Gulf state.
However, Qatar has emphasised that visitors to the World Cup should respect the customs of the host nation. Some spectators said that they were barred from entering any World Cup stadium with items that were rainbow-colored.
Since the beginning of the competition, Qatar has been the subject of debate. The use of alcoholic drinks and the OneLove armbands that the captains of several countries, including Germany, planned to wear as a statement of support for LGBTQ rights, were both outlawed in the stadiums.