The return of Mario Ferri. Nicknamed “El Falco” (the falcon), this Italian is very famous in his country of origin for his stunts on the football pitch. He could not resist entering the scene at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, during which he burst onto the lawn during the match between Portugal and Uruguay on Monday, November 28.
On this occasion, he multiplied political messages, waving the rainbow flag, symbol of the LGBT + community, and displaying messages of support for Ukraine and Iranian women on his emblematic Superman t-shirt.
Mario Ferri, Chief Intruder
Mario Ferri has been refining his art for fifteen years. In 2014, during the Brazilian World Cup, he interrupted the match between the United States and Belgium with a t-shirt calling this time to save poor children from the favelas.
To him: Mario Ferri, detto il Falco.#PortogalloUruguayhttps://t.co/ILLB7Ghpzx
—Tommy Milanello (@toMMilanello) November 28, 2022
During the previous edition in South Africa, he entered the pitch during the semi-final between Germany and Spain. “I had taken the accreditation of a photographer to enter the lawn”, he explained at the time.
For now, it is still unclear whether or not the Italian will be punished for his stunt in Qatar. After crossing the field twice, he was stopped and escorted out by security. In this small Gulf country, homosexuality is subject to criminal prosecution, and the ruling absolute monarchy has come under heavy criticism for its treatment of the LGBT+ minority.
Trouble with the law
On the other hand, Marco Ferri has already had trouble with the law in another Gulf country, the United Arab Emirates. He entered the field in the final of the Club World Cup in 2010, disputed by Inter Milan and Tout Puissant Mazembe, a Congolese club based in Lubumbashi. He had tried to escape from Abu Dhabi on a cruise ship before being arrested by the police. “I spent a day bound hands and feet”he had revealed following his misadventure.
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His run-ins with the law are not limited to his intrusions on the ground, however, since he had filmed himself during a chase with the police in the Italian city of Pescara at the time of the first confinement. “I needed to stretch my legs,” he justified himself in stride.
If the Italian often takes advantage of his moments of glory on the ground to convey political messages, he also finds a personal interest there. These have indeed brought work and fame. Positive things, especially at the economic level. Now I’m someone in life, I organize events and parties, I own a restaurant»he explained in 2012.