It is a recurring fact that soccer players denounce on their social networks and in press conferences: that they are victims of discrimination. That was the case of Mark McKenzie, defender of the United States team, who after being crowned champion of the Concacaf Nations League after beating Mexico 3-2 in the final this Sunday, revealed racist insults from the Aztec supporters towards he.
"The amount of racist insults and personal attacks directed at me and my family by supporters and non-supporters is unacceptable," McKenzie wrote on Instagram, where he shared one of the many offensive messages that reached him.
The 22-year-old central defender who currently plays for Genk in Belgium had a game to forget, although he was able to celebrate the same afterwards. After just sixty seconds of play, he lost a ball that led to the goal of Jesús Corona, who made it 1-0 for Mexico.
At the end of the second extra time, exactly at 119 minutes, the VAR charged him a hand inside the area after a corner but Ethan Horvath, goalkeeper of the US team, saved him and blocked the penalty from Andrés Guardado.
In this way, and despite the fact that the match was interrupted for three minutes at the end of the second half due to racist chants from the public, the United States and Mark McKenzie managed to turn the adverse result, first 0-1 and after 1 -2 and were crowned champions of the Concacaf Nations League Cup after more than 13 years without celebrating titles.