April 15, 2019 / 9:00 PM / 4 months ago

Soccer: New York Red Bulls criticise Kaku for kicking ball into crowd

FILE PHOTO: Mar 30, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; New York Red Bulls midfielder Kaku (10) controls the ball against the Chicago Fire during the first half at SeatGreek Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

(Reuters) - The New York Red Bulls criticised midfielder Kaku after a ball he kicked into the crowd during Sunday’s match against Sporting Kansas City hit a fan but the club declined to say on Monday if they plan to punish the Paraguayan.

In the dying seconds of the 2-2 draw, Kaku angrily blasted the ball into the crowd. It hit a fan and sparked a shoving match between players of the two teams before Kaku was shown a red card.

“The New York Red Bulls organisation does not condone the type of behaviour displayed near the end of Sunday night’s match in Kansas City,” the club said in a statement without naming anyone. “We hold everyone in our organisation to a high standard of conduct.”

“The matter will continue to be discussed internally and we will have no further comment at this time.”

Several players approached the fan to apologise after the match and the 24-year-old Paraguayan tweeted his remorse after the game.

“I want to take the time and apologise for my actions during tonight’s match,” Kaku said.

“As a competitor, I was frustrated with myself and took out my frustrations in a way that is not acceptable. I love this game and would never want to disrespect it.”

Reporting by Andrew Downie, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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