The fan who burst onto the field with the pride flag in the colors of the rainbow, during Portugal's 0:2 victory against Uruguay yesterday (Monday) in the World Cup, is a soccer player who has done this several times in the past.
Italy's Mario Peri, nicknamed "Il Falco" (The Falcon), has a reputation for disrupting other high-profile games and is also a footballer himself.
As of March, the 35-year-old Perry had a contract with United Sports Club of the Indian League, based in Kolkata.
In February of this year, Perry moved to Poland to help refugees from Ukraine following the Russian invasion.
Back in October 2010, he made headlines and was even invited to programs in Italy after he caused the suspension of Real Madrid's Champions League game against Milan.
He was arrested in Abu Dhabi that Christmas after running onto the pitch during the Club World Cup final between Inter and Congolese, wearing his trademark Superman shirt with the slogan "Free Sakineh", a reference to the Iranian woman.
At that time she was killed by stoning.
He made the mistake of announcing his plan on Facebook.
"I hope they don't catch me or I'll be in trouble," Perry told fans.
Then he was under house arrest in Italy thanks to a series of pitch break-ins, when he planned to do it in a game between Napoli and Sampdoria.
Italian Matthew Perry.
Unusual protest in Qatar, photo: Getty Images
Perry arrived at the World Cup in South Africa to invade the pitch during Spain's semi-final clash with Germany.
He also announced his presence at the next World Cup, held in 2014 in Brazil, and invaded the field during the match between Belgium and the USA.
Yesterday, as mentioned, came the incident in Qatar, which stopped the match between Portugal and Uruguay minutes before Bruno Fernandes put his team ahead in the middle of the second half.
Not only was Perry holding the pride flag, his t-shirt had two messages: "Save Ukraine" on the front and "Respect for Iranian Women" on the back.
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