No regrets, says suspended Kei Kamara

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Sierra Leone international Kei Kamara who was issued a game suspension by Columbus Crew SC Head Coach and Sporting Director Gregg Berhalter because of his post-game outburst focused at team-mate Federico Higuain said he does not regret and felt the suspension was “not at all” reasonable.

At their Mapfre Stadium, last Sunday after scoring a brace in the opening 45 minutes the striker was targeting his first career hat trick after Justin Meram was fouled in the Montreal box.

Team-mate Federico Higuain and Kamara argued over the 53rd-minute spot kick that put Columbus up 4-1 over Montreal Impact.

The Sierra Leone-born has been criticised for his outpouring and Football Sierra Leone understands Columbus Crew will trade Kamara for his actions.

According to MLSsoccer.com, the 31-year-old described his suspension as “not at all” warranted or fair.

“(Berhalter) told me that this morning, and obviously I didn’t agree to it all,” Kamara said. “I won’t agree to it. But he’s the boss, and if he says, ‘We don’t need you for the weekend. You’re going to have to sit out for the weekend,’ there’s nothing I can do about that.”

Kamara said the entire situation was “a weird feeling.” He said he had never been suspended by his own club before.

“It’s kind of awkward,” he said. “I feel like I’m creating all these meetings and all you guys here and all this stuff. But that’s not me. Everybody knows me. I’m a positive attitude guy. I want to play; I want to win; I want to score goals.

“It’s weird to say I’m selfish when I’m a forward, because that’s just what we do. We want to score goals.”

However, Head Coach and Sporting Director Gregg Berhalter stated on Tuesday that his star striker would not be part of his side that will take on Colorado Rapids coming Saturday.

Berhalter explained “The action of Kei, speaking out against a team-mate, is unacceptable,” Berhalter said. “We have zero tolerance for that. Therefore, he won’t be playing in the game Saturday – coach’s decision. And then we try to move forward in the right way. We’re a team that keeps things together. We keep things between ourselves, and that’s why that decision was made.”

The former Norwich and Boro striker was joint top soccer last season tied with Toronto’s Sebastian Giovinco on 22 goals but missed out on golden boot to Giovinco because of a lower number of assists and has scored five goals this campaign in nine appearances.

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