A protester has run onto the field at the World Cup, carrying a rainbow flag and wearing a shirt that read “Save Ukraine” under a Superman logo on the front and “respect for Iranian woman” written on the back. 

The man ran onto the field during the match between Portugal and Uruguay, during the second half of the game at Lusail Stadium.

Security officials chased the protester down and the flag was dropped on the field before the person was escorted away.

The referee then picked up the flag and left it on the sideline, where it stayed for a few moments before a worker came and collected it.

Security officials ushered away the protester through a tunnel.

It wasn’t immediately clear if the person faced any charges or had been detained by police.

A man running across a field flying a rainbow flag with a soccer player in the background
The rainbow flag is a LGBT+ symbol. (AP Photo: Abbie Parr)
A man runs across a field carrying a rainbow flag
The shirt reads “Save Ukraine” and “Save Iranian women”.(AP Photo: Themba Hadebe)
A man on a soccer field holding a rainbow flag
Qatar’s treatment of LGBT+ people were flashpoints in the run-up to the World Cup.(AP Photo: Abbie Parr)

FIFA had no immediate comment on the incident.

In the first week of the tournament in Qatar, seven European teams lost the battle to wear multicoloured “One Love” armbands during World Cup matches.

Fans also complained they weren’t allowed to bring items with rainbow colours, a symbol of LGBTQ rights, into the stadiums of the conservative Islamic emirate.

A man running across a soccer field with a rainbow flag with multiple players standing around
Seven teams have been banned from wearing “one love” arm bands. (AP Photo: Abbie Parr)
A referee chases a man carrying a rainbow flag while a soccer player watches
Security officials chased the protester down. (AP Photo: Themba Hadebe)

Qatar’s laws against gay sex and treatment of LGBTQ people were flashpoints in the run-up to the first World Cup to be held in the Middle East.

The host nation has said everyone was welcome, including LGBTQ fans, but visitors should respect Qatar’s culture.

A man in a blue shirt holding a rainbow flag on a soccer field
Fans complained they weren’t allowed to bring items with rainbow colours to the matches. (AP Photo: Petr David Josek)
A referee grabs a protestor on a soccer field
The protest occured at Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar.(AP Photo: Petr David Josek)
Two referees tackle a protester to the ground on a soccer field
The pitch invader dropped his flag as he was escorted off the field.(AP Photo: Themba Hadebe)