Thierry Henry has refused to criticise referee Geoff Gamble after New York Red Bulls’ 2-2 draw with Columbus Crew on Sunday.
Henry had cancelled out Dominic Oduro’s opener before Gamble awarded Columbus a controversial penalty which was converted by Federico Higuain.
The Red Bulls eventually rescued a draw in injury time through defender Jamison Olave’s well-taken goal, but the game hinged around the penalty decision.
“I don’t want to talk about the referee,” Henry said.
“I’ve tried for three years (to talk to referees). I don’t talk to them anymore. They’re the boss and you have to accept their decisions.”
Head coach Mike Petke was not so forgiving when discussing the officials, but conceded his side had not done enough to win the game.
“While I say that perhaps we didn’t deserve to win today, I have my chequebook out and I’m ready for MLS to fine me because it’s not good enough,” Petke commented.
“I watched the replay of the penalty of what I already knew to be not a penalty and it back it up. (Justin Meram) mis-hits the ballm and then there’s no contact from the side.
“In my estimation, (the referee) is a guy who’s probably getting ready for the Memorial Day weekend who wants to be a part of the show.
“I could not care less what the league fines me or what they say. Those decisions, those type of things, cost jobs and it goes to his partners on the sideline.
“Hand balls, fouls happen two feet in front of them and they don’t even see it. I’m p***** off. Like I said, I’m not blaming the refs for us not winning.
“I don’t think we did enough to win. But we’re going to have games like that. To give them that penalty kick call (was) shocking.”