New York Red Bulls midfielder Kaku
was handed a two-game suspension in addition to a one-game red-card suspension he has already served for reckless conduct after he kicked the ball into the
stands that struck a fan from close range at Sporting Kansas City's Children's Mercy Park.
Minutes away from getting out of the game with their second win of the season, the Red Bulls
conceded a tying goal to 16-year-old Gianluca Busio.
In stoppage time, Kaku was red carded after a ball was deflected out of bounds on the sideline and he slammed it into the stands
, hitting a Sporting KC fan in the face. In a position to start a counterattack, Kaku was
apparently upset the ball did not reach him. Players from both teams came over and a scuffle ensued.
The game ended in a 2-2 tie. The Red Bulls lost their next match without Kaku,
falling, 1-0, at New England to leave them with just five points in seven games.
Kaku will serve his additional two-game suspension on Saturday against FC Cincinnati and a week later
against the LA Galaxy.
"I apologize again for my actions and accept this suspension from MLS," he said in a statement released by the Red Bulls. "I will do my best to learn from
this and become a better person and player. For now, I will continue to work hard in training and do what I can to make sure my teammates are prepared for these matches."
Disciplinary Committee issued a warning to both the Red Bulls and Sporting for violating the league's mass confrontation policy. No further action was taken since it was the first violation for both