Saturday, January 28, 2023

PHOTO. At the World Cup, a fan invites human rights on the pitch

While the question of human rights has often been raised on the sidelines of the 2022 World Cup organized in Qatar, the positions taken by teams and players (or their absence) have caused a lot of ink to flow. This time it is the action of a supporter who creates the event. A man invited himself onto the pitch on November 28, 2022, in the middle of the match between Portugal and Uruguay and waved the rainbow flag, a symbol of the LGBTQ+ community. This message of support for human rights is a response to Qatar’s policy of criminalizing homosexuality, among other things. The cameras took care to avoid filming the supporter’s race on the field, but several photos immortalized the moment. The man was also seen on the screens for a few seconds near Bernardo Silva before being quickly evacuated by the security services.

The supporter wore other flocked messages on his T-shirt branded with the superman logo: “Save Ukraine” on the front and “Respect for Iranian woman”. New references to world news, including the war in Ukraine and the Iranian government’s crackdown on the protests that have rocked the country since the death of Mahsa Amini, who died in prison after being arrested for wearing an illegal veil. The supporter’s race on the field interrupted the match for a few minutes.

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