The USMNT's soccer game against Mexico turned VERY ugly Sunday night ... 'cause fans in the stands yelled anti-gay slurs and also violently threw objects at players.
The disturbing scenes all went down late in the CONCACAF Nations League final in Denver ... when the game actually had to be paused over homophobic chants.
Fans in the stands could reportedly be heard screaming a Spanish word that translates into an anti-gay insult -- and the chanting grew so loud, refs had to halt play until it stopped.
But, the unruly behavior didn't end there ... 'cause throughout the end of the wild soccer match, players were hit by debris thrown from the stands.
Termina caliente el partido y de manera triste para la Selección Mexicana. 😰🇺🇸 3-2 🇲🇽#PasiónYOrgullo | #TeamUSA | #ElGiganteDeConcacaf | #FinalFourEnTUDN🔴 ¡En vivo!📺 TUDN📱 Síguelo aquí 👉 https://t.co/788SwtOGLl pic.twitter.com/Pngiwo0txf— TUDN USA (@TUDNUSA) June 7, 2021
Termina caliente el partido y de manera triste para la Selección Mexicana. 😰🇺🇸 3-2 🇲🇽#PasiónYOrgullo | #TeamUSA | #ElGiganteDeConcacaf | #FinalFourEnTUDN🔴 ¡En vivo!📺 TUDN📱 Síguelo aquí 👉 https://t.co/788SwtOGLl pic.twitter.com/Pngiwo0txf
Check out footage that the broadcast picked up ... players on BOTH sides were cracked in the face and head by full cups and bottles.
Reyna hit in the head, throwing stuff at the players is BS pic.twitter.com/pIRo7JMrhP— Vikings Blogger (@firstandskol) June 7, 2021
Reyna hit in the head, throwing stuff at the players is BS pic.twitter.com/pIRo7JMrhP
In fact, US player Gio Reyna was hit so hard in the face by one of the objects ... he collapsed to the grass.
It all got so bad, soccer legend Alexi Lalas said, "The crowd behavior in Denver was a disgrace to our sport and our country."
It appears all players avoided serious injury, though, despite the insanity from the fans ... and the U.S. was able to take home the victory over Mexico, 3-2.