A fan accused of throwing a can of beer at American soccer star Gio Reyna has been arrested and permanently banned from Denver’s Empower Field after several incidents between spectators and players during Team USA’s victory over rival Mexico in the CONCACAF Nations League- final on Sunday evening.
Pablo Ibarra Fuentes, 30, was spotted among a group of Team Mexico fans throwing cups, bottles and cans at American players after Christian Pulisic scored the go-ahead goal in Team USA’s 3-2 win in the 109th minute. One can, allegedly thrown by Fuentes, hit Reyna on the head and drop him on the turf. Reyna left with trainers after being hit with the can to the head, but he later returned to the field for the trophy celebration and appeared to be fine.
Los Angeles FC announcer Max Bretos was sitting in that section of the stadium at the time and said: Fox news he believes Reyna was hit with a full beer can from about 20 yards away.
“You could hear the impact of those things,” Bretos said.
Fuentes was arrested for throwing a projectile. The Denver Police Department did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s request for more information.
Team USA’s Giovanni Reyna was hit in the face with an object as he celebrated teammate Christian Pulisic’s lead goal in the 109th minute. Reyna, who scored Team USA’s first goal, was examined on the field before being assisted by trainers.
Reyn (right), the son of American football legend Claudio, left with trainers after being hit with the can in the head, but later returned to the field for the trophy celebration and seemed fine
Angry Team Mexico fans start throwing trophies and bottles at Team USA after Christian Pulisic scores the leading goal on penalty kick in extra time
Team USA’s Tim Weah (son of former Liberia professional and president George Weah) is hit with an object from the stands after Christian Pulisic scored his penalty
Team USA looks up into the crowd amid a cascade of empty cups and bottles
Police said Monday they had no information on Fuentes’ nationality, but a Lexis Nexis search reveals that someone with his exact name and age has been registered to vote in Colorado since 2008, when he would have turned 18.
Fuentes was one of five fans arrested at Empower Field, where Team Mexico fans were also repeatedly warned about using anti-gay chants during Sunday’s game. Other people arrested include Isaac Ramirez, 21, Nicholas Sellers, 32, Marilu Carrizosa, 46, and Baltazar Ramirez Rodriguez, 28, all of whom are charged with trespassing.
“In addition to evicting several individuals for violating the fan code of conduct, our security personnel worked closely with the Denver Police Department to identify five people arrested — four for trespassing and one for throwing projectiles,” said arena- officials in a statement on Monday.
“The person arrested for throwing an object on the field was identified by security footage as responsible for injuring an American player. In addition to criminal charges, this patron will be banned from all future events at Empower Field at Mile High.”
Bretos said he was behind Team Mexico’s raucous fans and watched the situation unfold.
“He had trouble walking,” Bretos said of Reyna. “He looked like someone getting punched.”
“Some people should spend the night in jail tonight, or longer,” Bretos tweeted at the time.
There were further incidents, including one where a fan ran onto the pitch during extra time. He was quickly rounded up by security.
Minutes earlier, another fan was seen jumping through the CBS Sports set during a segment at the end of the regulation. The man appeared to have jumped the railing and out of range of security, but it’s unclear what happened to him after that.
On the anti-gay side, the game was briefly halted in extra time when players from both teams begged fans to stop. Mexico’s semifinal win over Costa Rica was also interrupted over the same chant, which originated at club level but has been adopted by fans of the national team, according to multiple reports from the country.