expulsions, pitched brawls and homophobic chants

(CNN) — The United States men’s national team beat Mexico with a 3-0 victory Thursday in front of a crowd of 65,000 at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.

But this Concacaf Nations League semi-final, marred by foul tackles, shoving and even a ripped shirt, ended in the worst way.

Between the two teams they added 13 cards, 12 of which came in the second half. Two players from each team were sent off.

In the 90th minute the referee stopped the game for homophobic chants. Twelve minutes of added time were added, but the referee decided to end the match about four minutes early amid discriminatory chants from the crowd.

After the game, the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football, known as Concacaf for short, released the following statement:

“Concacaf strongly condemns the discriminatory chants of some fans during the 2023 Concacaf Nations League semi-final between Mexico and the United States.”

“The chants heard during the match generated the activation of the anti-discrimination protocol by the referees. In addition, security personnel have expelled several fans for unacceptable behavior in the stadium.”

“These incidents have been extremely disappointing and spoiled what should have been a positive opportunity to showcase high quality football in our region.”

“The federal government is in the process of urgently establishing further details and reports from party and security officials and will issue a further statement shortly.”

FIFA has already fined the Mexican Football Federation for chants made by the country’s fans.

The United States and Mexico, along with Canada, will host the FIFA Men’s World Cup in 2026.

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