Clint Dempsey is suspended three games

Seattle Sounders forward Clint Dempsey has been suspended for three games and fined an undisclosed amount by MLS for his conduct in ripping up the notebook of referee Daniel Radford during overtime of Tuesday's Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup match against the Portland Timbers. He'll be precluded from participating in any soccer competition until the suspension has expired, but he won't miss any national team action.

MLS had jurisdiction to review the incident and levy sanctions per Policy 202(1)(H)-2 in the U.S. Soccer Policy Manual. Dempsey will have been found to have committed Referee Abuse, which carries a three-game suspension, but not Referee Assault, which would have carried a six-game ban.

Sounders' Schedule:
June 20 -- San Jose
June 24 -- at Philadelphia
June 27 -- at Portland
Dempsey will serve his suspension during the next three Sounders matches. He'll be able to join the national team for its Gold Cup tuneup July 3 against Guatemala in Nashville, Tennessee. A six-game ban would have put him out of the Gold Cup through the quarterfinals.

U.S. Soccer will impose any Open Cup suspension separately.

1 comment about "Clint Dempsey is suspended three games".
  1. Raymond Weigand, June 19, 2015 at 5:36 p.m.

    3 games for referee abuse ... I guess the folks who predicted a light slap on the wrist were 1/2 right and the folks who thought it should be 6 games were 1/2 wrong. I sure hope this puts an end to player hooliganism - we already have to suffer through all the player shenanigans. And as a gesture of goodwill ... I hope the 3 game salary is donated to the local summer soccer camps - with the understanding of providing a quick outline of choices / decisions / consequences on and off the field.

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