United States-Mexico match final briefly stopped after anti-gay chant, fans throwing objects on field


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

As the match was coming to close in second half during stoppage time, chants began to be heard from the crowd and the officials asked the crowd to cut out the chanting.

Christian Pulisic ended up scoring the game winner with a penalty kick in the 114th minute, and in the 124th Mexico’s chance at an equalizer via a penalty kick was stopped to secure the 3-2 win.

Christian Pulisic celebrates after scoring on a penalty kick.

After Pulisic’s goal, U.S. midfielder Giovanni Reyna was struck the face with an object as fans threw cups and water bottles on the field.

“Total lack of respect for what’s happening on the field and all effort that both teams are putting into the game,” U.S. manager Gregg Berhalter said. “I think he’s going to be OK, but he did take something to the head, and it could have been a lot worse.”

A fan was also tackled by stadium security after he ran on the field near the match’s end.

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



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