Protester who ran on to pitch banned by Qatar from World Cup matches

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Qatari authorities have banned a protester who ran on to the pitch during Portugal’s match with Uruguay to express support for Ukraine, Iran’s women and gay rights from attending any more World Cup matches.

The man, who waved a rainbow flag and wore a shirt saying “Save Ukraine” on one side and “Respect for Iranian woman [sic]” on the other, has also had his Hayya card taken from him. The card doubles as a permit for international fans to enter Qatar and allows them to attend games and travel for free on the metro.

A Supreme Committee spokesperson told the Guardian: “Following the pitch invasion that took place during last night’s Portugal v Uruguay match, we can confirm that the individual involved was released shortly after being removed from the pitch. His embassy has been informed.

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