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New York Red Bulls coach Backe blasts MLS officials

New York Red Bulls coach Hans Backe has lashed out at MLS officials following his side's 3-3 draw with Portland Timbers on the weekend.

The Red Bulls were on the receiving end of some one-sided officiating according to Backe who was also fuming over the red card given to star striker Thierry Henry for a seemingly soft off-the-ball incident.

"If you look at the last game and the stats, 28 free kicks to six…I have never ever been involved in a fair game like that,'' said Backe. "Not even the most violent, rude game ends 28-6 in free kicks, so definitely something was wrong.''

As for Henry's red: "It was not a red card, not even a yellow card. I asked the linesman after the game, and he said he hit him with an open hand in his face.

"We looked at the video; it's two players arguing.

"I can only hope the league has a look at this. If it was written down as violent conducts, it is a joke. Common sense says that was not a red card.

And Backe said the club would likely get an answer from the league about getting the red card rescinded very soon.

"I think perhaps we'll have answer today or tomorrow probably, but I'm not sure," he added.

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