A scape goat among the fans who pelted U.S and Mexican soccer players with drinks on Sunday night has been arrested and is facing criminal charges
Denver police arrested a fan who injured a U.S. player with a projectile, Empower Field at Mile High stadium management said in a statement released Monday night. Widely-shared video footage showed U.S. midfielder Gio Reyna being struck in the head with a container of soda late in the USMNT’s wild 3-2 victory over rival Mexico in the CONCACAF Nation’s League final.
The incident took place immediately after U.S. star Christian Pulisic scored the game-winning goal late in extra time after being awarded a controversial penalty kick. As Pulisic and his teammates celebrated in a corner of the field, dozens of fans who were part of a pro-Mexico crowd showered them in cups, bottles and other debris.
The fan who struck Reyna left him dazed and in need of medical attention. Mexican striker Henry Martín also had a drink hit him in the side of the head.
Denver police said a total of five people were arrested during Sunday night’s match — the other four for trespassing. Empower Field at Mile High has banned the patron who struck the U.S. player from “all future events” at the stadium after working with police to identify the guilty party via security footage.