Fan who hit USMNT’s Gio Reyna in the head with a projectile arrested, banned and faces criminal charges
The fan responsible for launching the projectile that struck United States Men’s National Team player Gio Reyna in the CONCACAF Nations League final between the United States and Mexico has been arrested, banned and now faces criminal charges.
Officials at Empower Field at Mile High, where the game was played on Sunday night, confirmed the news on Monday via a statement:
“While the evening showcased Denver as a world-class football destination and Empower Field at Mile High as a premier sports and entertainment venue, the actions of a few guests sadly overshadowed a momentous event. In addition to evicting several people for violating the Fan Code of Conduct, our security staff worked closely with the Denver Police Department to identify five people who were arrested, four for trespassing and one for launching. projectiles.
“The person arrested for throwing an object on the field has been identified through security footage as being responsible for injuring an American player. In addition to facing criminal charges, this client will be banned from all future events at Empower Field in Mile High.
US national team players were bombarded with objects thrown by supporters as they celebrated Christian Pulisic’s penalty-winning goal in overtime in the Nations League title match. Reyna had to be treated by team coaches on the field after a video broadcast showed a projectile from the stands hit her in the head.
I’m right in the corner where the USMNT celebrated, disgusting what just happened. Some people should spend the night in jail tonight, or longer. Gio Reyna got run over in the temple with a full Coca Cola. pic.twitter.com/nI2qUERGZf
– Maximiliano Bretos (@MaxBretosSports) June 7, 2021
Reyna scored America’s first goal of the game earlier in the first half, momentarily equalizing the score at 1-1. It was his first goal in a competitive game for the senior national team and his family, including his father and former American football legend Claudio Reyna, was in the stands for the event. USMNT would win the 3-2 game in a dramatic overtime finish.
After the game, US head coach Gregg Berhalter said Reyna “will be fine”. A USMNT official said on Monday the player was fine.
“It has no place in the game, with spectators throwing objects across the pitch,” Berhalter said on Sunday. “Total disrespect for what is happening on the pitch and all the effort both teams put into the game. So really disappointing to see. I think he will be fine, but he took something to his head. , and it could have been a lot worse. “
Other projectiles were thrown in the middle of a dust between the two teams at the other end of the field. One of these projectiles hit Mexican striker Henry Martin. The person responsible for the incident has not yet been identified, according to stadium officials.
The two cases of fans throwing debris on the pitch marred a compelling rivalry for the inaugural Nations League crown that drew 37,648 to Empower Field, home of the Denver Broncos.
There were also field invasions by a handful of fans towards the end of the game, which resulted in the game stopping until the individuals were knocked off the field. Empower Field officials said a total of four people were arrested for trespassing.
The Mexican Football Federation also released a statement on Monday that addressed incidents of fans and the use of homophobic chant by a segment of Mexican supporters that resulted in a stoppage of play under a protocol established by them. organizers to suppress singing.
Unfortunately, due to the conduct of some, Mexican fans are now being arraigned around the world for acts of discrimination or violence.
After the events of our recent MexTour game in Dallas and the Concacaf Nations League games in Denver, the FMF urges its fans to avoid discriminatory chanting, our biggest opponent, which can cause our team to lose a game, and even prevent us from playing the World Cup.
We also ask supporters to avoid acts of violence from the stands, such as throwing objects into the pitch.
We count on your support for the national team from the stands, avoiding any offensive, discriminatory or violent behavior that does not represent today’s Mexico, nor those who for years have been recognized as the best fans in the world.