The MLS Disciplinary Committee has suspended Alejandro “Kaku” Romero Gamarra two additional games and charged an undisclosed fine. The Paraguayan international was ejected at the end of the match against Sporting Kansas City. He was automatically suspended from the match against the New England Revolution.
The Initial Incident
During stoppage time in the April 14 match, Romero Gamarra kicked a dead ball into the stands at Children’s Mercy Park. The ball struck a fan in the face. Medical personnel were present and tended to the man, who did not leave the stadium. Romero Gamarra was ejected from the game, a 2-2 draw against Sporting Kansas City.
Player and Team Response
Romero Gamarra issued an apology via social media, and the remainder of the team apologized to the injured fan. Captain Luis Robles also spoke to members of The Cauldron, Sporting’s supporter’s group, to apologize for the incident. The New York Red Bulls released the following statement:
The New York Red Bulls organization does not condone the type of behavior displayed near the end of Sunday night’s match in Kansas City.
We hold everyone in our organization to a high standard of conduct.
The matter will continue to be discussed internally and we will have no further comment at this time.
Accepting and Apologetic
Kaku earned five yellow cards in all of 2018, and had only committed two fouls this season. His frustration at not receiving the ball has sparked conversations around the league. In response to the suspension and fine, the club issued the following statement from Kaku:
“I apologize again for my actions and accept this suspension from MLS. 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.”
The team will be without Kaku for their next two matches, at home against FC Cincinnatti and LA Galaxy.