The MLS Disciplinary Committee has announced a one game suspension and fine for Thierry Henry due to a discreet headbutt delivered in the box on Kei Kamara.
The Red Bulls’ captain will now miss this weekend’s clash against the New England Revolution.
Coach Hans Backe was unaware of the suspension until he received a phone call just prior to Friday’s training. “(Henry) phoned me on the train,” Backe told reporters via conference call. “Normally, he would have arrived being around the team to support the team. When you got the suspension, you are not allowed to be in the locker room or be at the bench when you are suspended.”
Either way, Backe did not expect Henry to play this weekend due to the unforgiving turf of Gillette Stadium. He did not speak to Henry immediately about the suspension but expects to in the near future.
“We will just sit down and go through what has happened,” he said. “He is a very, very experienced player who has won everything. I don’t think you can change a players emotions. That would be just stupid of me to try to change anything when he is 35 years old. It’s more about having a chat about having red cards.”
Henry will be available when the Red Bulls return home against Toronto FC on the 29th.