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Shea, Henry punished by MLS Disciplinary Committee

NEW YORK (September 20, 2010) – The Major League Soccer Disciplinary Committee today levied an additional fine and one-game suspension against FC Dallas midfielder Brek Shea, as well as issued a fine to New York Red Bulls forward Thierry Henry for their respective actions in Thursday’s FC Dallas versus New York Red Bulls match at Pizza Hut Park.

In the 29th minute of Thursday’s match, Shea committed a dangerous foul against Red Bulls defender Chris Albright and received a red card from the official. After reviewing the incident, the Disciplinary Committee determined that due to the reckless nature of the action which endangered the safety of his opponent, as well as his unsportsmanlike behavior while exiting the field of play, additional disciplinary action was warranted.

In addition to the one-game suspension and $250 fine automatically issued for the red card, Shea will pay an additional $750 fine and serve an additional one-game suspension. Shea will serve his suspension during the next two FC Dallas matches on September 22nd against the New England Revolution and September 25th against the Kansas City Wizards.

The Disciplinary Committee has also issued a fine to New York Red Bulls forward Thierry Henry for his actions in the 48+ minute of the match. Following the Red Bulls’ first goal of the evening by Mehdi Ballouchy, Henry kicked the ball after the play had ended. As a result, FC Dallas goalkeeper Kevin Hartman suffered a knee injury when he attempted to collect the ball. The Disciplinary Committee determined Henry’s action to be unsporting and issued a $2,000 fine.

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