New York Red Bulls midfielder Kaku will miss three games total for what the league called reckless misconduct. The suspension comes after he kicked a ball into the stands, hitting a fan in the face during stoppage time of an April 14 match against Sporting Kansas City.
Immediately after the incident, the referee issued Kaku a red card, which carried an automatic one-game suspension. The MLS Disciplinary Committee handed down an additional two-game suspension Wednesday, along with an undisclosed fine.
“I apologize again for my actions and accept this suspension from MLS,” Kaku said in a statement released by the Red Bulls shortly after the league announced his additional punishment. “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.”
Kaku already missed the Red Bulls’ April 20 match against the New England Revolution, a 1-0 loss. He will now also miss the April 27 and May 4 matches against FC Cincinnati and the LA Galaxy, respectively.
The MLS Disciplinary Committee also issued a warning to the Red Bulls and Sporting Kansas City for violating the league’s mass confrontation policy following the Kaku incident.
Other undisclosed fines
The MLS Disciplinary Committee also issued undisclosed fines to Montreal Impact defender Zakaria Diallo and Jack Price of the Colorado Rapids for violations during their respective Saturday matches.
Diallo was fined for simulation/embellishment in the 62nd minute against the Philadelphia Union, and Price for not leaving the field in an orderly manner after receiving a red card in the 88th minute against the Chicago Fire.