Four red cards and a game stoppage due to homophobic chanting: In the US national soccer team’s 3-0 (1-0) victory in the CONCACAF Nations League semi-final against Mexico, the sport was temporarily relegated to the back burner in the final phase of the game. The formation of the packs caused several interruptions, and due to the behavior of the Mexican fans, there was even a brief break in the room. Mexico, co-hosts of the World Cup, is now threatened with sanctions by the association.
“The chants heard during the match led to the activation of the anti-discrimination protocol. In addition, the security forces expelled several fans from the stadium for unacceptable behavior,” CONCACAF said after the match. The association is also checking all the details and will make another statement as soon as possible. Mexico had been punished several times in the past for the misbehavior of their fans, an international match against Jamaica in 2021 was to be played in front of empty rows.
“It’s a great result for us, a great victory and we’re in the final, said American professional Christian Pulisic. But the match shouldn’t have turned into such madness.” The former Dortmund player opened the way to success for his team with a double (37th, 46th). The third goal was scored by Ricardo Pepi (78th), FC Augsburg’s last loanee to FC Groningen. In a stormy second half, two players from each team were sent off, including former Schalke player Weston McKennie.
The United States will face Canada in the final on Sunday (local time) at Allegiant Stadium in Paradise near Las Vegas. Alphonso Davies propelled the Maple Leafs to the Finals. In the semi-final against Panama in Paradise, the Bayern Munich professional scored the 2-0 goal (1-0) shortly after being replaced in the 70th minute of play. Jonathan David (25th) had previously given the advantage to Canada.
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