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Henry gets $2,000 fine, Shea suspended second game
by Paul Kennedy, September 20th, 2010 8:38PM

TAGS:  fc dallas, mls, new york red bulls


[MLS] Major League Soccer's disciplinary committee issued fines in the wake of Thursday's FC Dallas-New York game. Thierry Henry escaped a suspension that would have kept him out of Friday's marquee match between the Red Bulls and Los Angeles Galaxy at the Home Depot Center. Instead, the French star was fined $2,000 for "unsporting" behavior that led to the injury suffered by Dallas keeper Kevin Hartman. Meanwhile, FC Dallas midfielder Brek Shea will have to serve an additional game's suspension for his red-card foul earlier in the game.

Following the Red Bulls’ first goal by Mehdi Ballouchy in their 2-2 tie, Henry kicked the dead ball after the play had ended, and Hartman, who stepped into the path of the ball, suffered a knee injury. The four-time French World Cup player was carrying a yellow card but was not carded.

Earlier in the first half, Shea committed a dangerous foul against Red Bulls defender Chris Albright and received a red card. The disciplinary committee determined that due to the reckless nature of the action that endangered Fulbright's safety, as well as his unsportsmanlike behavior while exiting the field of play, additional disciplinary action was warranted.

In addition to the one-game suspension and $250 fine automatically issued for the red card, Shea will pay an additional $750 fine and serve an additional one-game suspension.

  1. Bill Anderson
    commented on: September 20, 2010 at 8:51 p.m.
    Henry is a disgrace. Ireland cheated and Hartmann's season ended, all because of Henry's arrogance and unsporting behavior.
  1. Paolo Jacobs
    commented on: September 21, 2010 at 1:19 a.m.
    Get over it... Thiery didn't mean it one bit... and He apologized to Hartman... He does it as his routine when he scores gols.... as for Ireland,, everybody who has played footy at one time or another has probably had a hand ball.. Does that mean that Maradona should apologized to England?
  1. Tim Kline
    commented on: September 21, 2010 at 11:12 a.m.
    He kicks the ball into the net as "his" celebration. Look at the replay and where he was aiming...way left of the net. Not saying it was intentional to injure but without a doubt careless and without thought to two players in the immediate vicinity.
  1. Stan Nixon
    commented on: September 21, 2010 at 11:29 a.m.
    Polo, Brek did not mean to cause pain to Albrigh either. So Brek should not be punished either. Even Henry said it was stupid of himself to do what he did. MLS was not going to suspend Henry for the exact reason given at the beginning of the article, big game pitting the.two big name dp's against each other. $2,000 will not affect Henry. Basically Henry gets away with possibly ending the league's best goalie's season. The league sacrificed doing the right thing for doing the profitable thing.
  1. Margaret Manning
    commented on: September 21, 2010 at 1 p.m.
    MLS--Great example for young soccer players all over the country--if you have enough money and a big name, you can get away with anything, like breaking the rules (and the keeper's knee) or breaking your contract to, like, show up for the season. Last week's Galaxy game was all about Beckham, as far as the mainstream press was concerned--don't let the actual GAME get in your way. Henry--you don't get to have a "celebration" in violation of the rules of the game--especially since it wasn't even your goal. I think that that's the reason he kicked it so hard--he was annoyed that someone else scored.
  1. David Huff
    commented on: September 21, 2010 at 1:06 p.m.
    This is the same MLS that is sabotaging our USMNT, where marketing to make $$ is the priority even at the expense of decency. Henry should have been suspended for his stupidity but basically got away with one because the MLS marketing gurus wanted to preserve the NY-LA matchup.

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