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World Cup: who is Mario Ferri, the Superman with the LGBT flag who invaded the field during Portugal-Uruguay?

2022-11-29T09:51:29.379Z

Monday's Portugal-Uruguay (2-0) meeting was interrupted by an individual identified as Mario Ferri, a 35-year-old Italian accustomed to militant field invasions.



Not all superheroes wear capes.

The 88,000 spectators who attended Portugal-Uruguay (0-2) at the Lusail stadium in Doha saw the match interrupted for a few seconds by the invasion of the field by a man wearing a Superman t-shirt. .

On this t-shirt, two inscriptions in support of Ukraine and Iranian women.

Also fluttering at the end of the individual's arm is the rainbow flag of LGBTQ+ pride.

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Three demands at once, which despite the modesty of the cameras did not go unnoticed, widely relayed on social networks.

If the first security tackle is rather rough, the troublemaker is then calmly escorted to the exit, according to AFP.

The man was quickly identified.

This is Mario Ferri, a 35-year-old Italian who is not on his first feat of interrupting football matches.

Far from there.

An Italian fan of Antonio Cassano

Nicknamed "

Il Falco

", "

The Falcon

", Mario Ferri is a football lover.

He would have even played a few years as a professional.

Lately at a second division club in India.

His idol ?

Antonio Cassano, Italian striker now retired, passed in particular by AS Roma, Sampdoria Genoa, Parma or Real Madrid.

It is for him that Ferri commits his first sin.

In 2009, during a friendly match between Italy and the Netherlands, he entered the lawn and managed to chat briefly with Marcello Lippi, the

Nazionale

coach , whom he recommended to select Cassano for the 2010 World Cup.

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El pibe de Bari

” will unfortunately not be part of the trip to South Africa.

But Mario Ferri, yes.

Here he is interrupting the semi-final between Spain and Germany.

Defending champion, Italy is no longer in the competition, eliminated in pools.

Lippi, I told you so

”, can we read on the Superman t-shirt, already.

A good joke, and then leaves?

No, the native of the Pescara region has taken a liking to the invasion of lawns, and his wild incursions take a more political turn.

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The most famous streaker in the world

"

Il Falco

" has invaded dozens of other lawns since the end of the 2000s. Champions League, World Cup, friendly matches, Serie A... He does not refuse any competition, ready to do anything to achieve his ends, such as feigning a fake handicap or taking accreditation from a photographer.

In his trophy cabinet, an eighth-final of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, the Barcelona-Manchester United Champions League final in 2011, a prestigious Real Madrid-AC Milan in 2010 or a boiling Naples-Juventus in 2017.

His Superman t-shirt is the banner of more serious demands, for example the condition of the children of the Favelas or the tribute to a supporter of Napoli tragically deceased.

Sentenced to several stadium bans, he nevertheless manages to escape the controls without any problem.

A life of transgressions that intoxicates him but sometimes gets him into serious trouble, as in 2010 when he spent a day in detention in Abu Dhabi, fists and feet tied, after interrupting the Club World Cup final between Inter Milan and Mazembe.

Mario Ferri does not concentrate all his militant activities on the football fields.

At the start of the war in Ukraine, he was on the border with Poland to transport refugees.

Several humanitarian missions are also to be credited to him in African countries, such as in Burundi.

A thousand lives therefore, which the interested party shares on his Instagram account, followed by more than 130,000 people.

The most famous "streaker" in the world.

Source: lefigaro

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