Fan invades World Cup game with Palestinian flag and gives death

Man invades field with Palestinian flag
Photo: Anne-Christine Pujoulat/AFP via Getty

The match between France and Tunisia was interrupted, in the 25th minute of the second half, by an invasion of the field. A man ran across the lawn holding a Palestinian flag and did two backflips as he evaded security.

He was also wearing a T-shirt with a message that read: “Tunisia, your time is now.” The game took place at the Education City stadium and Tunisia beat France 1-0.

The Tunisians who watched the match at the venue were thrilled with the invasion and with the Palestinian flag. Like Tunisia, Palestine is a predominantly Muslim country. Tunisian players even tried to restrain security as they led the fan off the pitch.

This was the second pitch invasion at this World Cup. In the match between Portugal and Uruguay, on Monday (28), the Italian Mário Ferri invaded the game holding an LGBTQIAP+ flag. He was caught by security and then released by Qatari police. Ferri was banned from the World Cup.

LGBTQIAP+ symbols became the center of controversy at the World Cup, as Qatari law criminalizes homosexual relationships. Several teams had planned to enter the field with an armband in the colors of the “One love” campaign, but they were prohibited by FIFA. In response, Germany’s players covered their mouths in the official photo before the game against Japan, to show that they were being silenced.

Qatar’s choice to host the World Cup has drawn criticism from human rights organizations, who argue that there is little respect for the rights of women, LGBTQAIP+ populations, immigrants and more.

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