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United States-Mexico final game stopped after anti-gay chant, fans throw objects on the field

ByRoborto Sykes

Jun 7, 2021

Sunday’s CONCACAF Nations League final between the United States and Mexico at Empower Field at Mile High in Denver was briefly interrupted when fans threw objects on the field and chanted anti-gay chants.

As the game drew to a close in the second half during stoppage time, chants began to be heard from the crowd and the umpires asked the crowd to stop the chanting.

Christian Pulisic the match winner finished with a penalty in the 114th minute, and in the 124th minute Mexico’s chance of an equalizing goal was stopped via a penalty kick to secure the 3-2 victory.

Christian Pulisic celebrates after scoring on a penalty kick.

After Pulisic’s goal, American midfielder Giovanni Reyna was punched in the face with an object as fans threw cups and water bottles onto the pitch.

“Total disrespect for what is happening on the pitch and for all the effort that both teams put into the game,” said US manager Gregg Berhalter. “I think he will be fine, but he did put something against his head and it could have been a lot worse.”

A fan was also tackled by stadium security after he ran across the field near the end of the game.

Mexico’s Nations League semifinal against Costa Rica on June 3 was also canceled due to homophobic chants. Stadium security evicted several fans for discriminatory chanting, even after fans were warned.

The referee stopped the game for three minutes, which is part of CONCACAF’s anti-discrimination protocol.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: USMNT: Nations League Final vs. Mexico stopped after anti-gay chants