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Red Bulls Call Officiating In Game Vs. Portland 'Completely Unacceptable'

The New York Red Bulls have issued a statement regarding what the organization is calling "completely unacceptable’ officiating during Sunday’s 3-3 draw against the Portland Timbers.

"We have carefully reviewed the film of our match against Portland last night and I can safely say that the level of refereeing was absolutely below the standards of what is required for a MLS match and completely unacceptable. First, the red card given to Thierry Henry was inexplicable. There was no violent conduct on his part whatsoever and this decision was made by a linesman who was more than half a field away. Second, in any soccer game, there is no way that one team can draw 20 more fouls than the other team, especially in a match where one team drew just five fouls. I have never seen this occur in my 30 years in the game.

We are aware that U.S. Soccer and MLS are working hard to improve the officiating in this country and we support those efforts wholeheartedly. However, if we want to continue increasing the level of play, we cannot let these types of refereeing performances occur. We look forward to speaking with the League to appeal Thierry’s automatic red card suspension and expect that it will be rescinded so that he is available for our match Thursday in Seattle."

The Red Bulls were called for 25 fouls during the match to just five for Portland. New York drew four yellow cards and one red, while Portland drew two yellow cards.

The referee was Ricardo Salazar. Referee’s assistants were Peter Manikowski, and Claudio Badea.

-- See the video of the incident that led to the red card