Members of the US national soccer team were pelted with bottles and other objects after their victory against Mexico in the final of the CONCACAF Nations League on Sunday.
TV footage and videos posted to social media showed fans throwing items, including cups and water bottles, at members of the U.S. team as they celebrated their victory at Empower Field at Mile High in Denver.
It came shortly after a game-winning penalty from midfielder Christian Pulisic that gave the US a 3-2 lead in the top 90.
Giovanni Reyna, who scored the first goal to equalize in the first half, was hit in the head by an object. He needed help from the team’s medical staff.
Reyna later returned to the field for the trophy celebrations.
“There is no place in the game to throw objects onto the field of spectators,” said US coach Gregg Berhalter. “Total lack of respect for what’s going on on the field and all the effort that both teams put into the game. It’s really disappointing to see that.”
He added: “[Reyna is] will be fine, but he’s got something on his head and it could have been a lot worse. “
Bryan Fischer, a sports columnist for Athlon Sports, shared a clip from CBS Sports capturing the moment Reyna was hit by the object and tweeted, “Hit Gio directly.”
Sports commentator Maximiliano Bretos sat in the corner in the USMNT [U.S. men’s national soccer team] celebrated.
He shared a picture of the scene and said it was “gross what just happened. Some people should stay in jail tonight or longer. Gio Reyna was smashed in the temple with a full Coca Cola.”
I’m right in the corner where USMNT was partying, disgusting what just happened. Some people should spend the night in jail tonight or longer. Gio Reyna was smashed in the temple with a full Coca Cola. pic.twitter.com/nI2qUERGZf
– Maximiliano Bretos (@MaxBretosSports) June 7, 2021
At the beginning of the game, the game was briefly paused because fans used anti-gay chant. It was the second time in four nights that a game of the Mexican national soccer team was interrupted because of discriminatory chants.
The semi-final match between Mexico and Costa Rica on Thursday evening was also interrupted due to anti-gay chants. Several fans were expelled from the public address system in the first half of the game for using discriminatory language following warnings
In March, FIFA, the international football organization, launched an investigation into anti-gay chants by supporters of the Mexican team during an Olympic qualifying match against the Dominican Republic.
Mexico fans show their support during the final CONCACAF Nations League soccer game between the USA and Mexico on June 6th in Denver, Colorado.
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