Sophomore defender Kevan George left his first start of the season against the New York Red Bulls a bloody mess.
Sporting a gash on his forehead, George was the picture perfect representation of what was an ugly match between the New York and the Columbus Crew.
Back in the lockerroom, Crew doctors administered stitches to stop the bleeding. What exactly happened was unknown – even to George himself.
Video of the match has revealed more, and Red Bull captain Thierry Henry is at the center of the controversy.
Challenging for a ball in the air, Henry attempted a flick on to drive the ball deeper into the opposition’s end. His head caught George just above the defender’s left eye busting him wide open.
While innocent enough, Henry’s follow through was anything but.
The World Cup Champion and Premiership veteran swung a wild elbow in the direction of George that just missed the rookie defender’s face – an incident Crew coach Robert Warzycha feels should be punishable by suspension.
“It was intentional and the referee didn’t see it, but hopefully it’s going to be reviewed by the league and he’s going to be suspended,” Warzycha told the Columbus Dispatch. “It’s unfortunate that I have to say that an experienced player like Henry can do something like that. It’s amazing.”
The incident happened so quickly that even George wasn’t sure if he was caught with a head or elbow after the match.
Have a look at the tape and decide; is Warzycha right? Should Henry be suspended?