A U.S. Soccer panel charged with handling disciplinary matters in the U.S. Open Cup has suspended the Seattle Sounders' Clint Dempsey
for six U.S. Open Cup
matches or the next two years of U.S. Open Cup competition, whichever is greater in response to his actions of tearing up the notebook of referee Daniel Radford
in their fourth-round match.
Dempsey was also handed a three-game ban by MLS that he'll have served by the end of the weekend. He'll be off next week to join the U.S. national team, though, as it prepares for the Gold Cup.
In addition, the U.S. Open Cup Adjudication and Discipline Panel fined Dempsey an undisclosed amount. The panel convened Tuesday to review the evidence gathered in regards to the incident.
Dempsey waived his right to an appeal.
The U.S. Open Cup suspension, similar to the one handed down to Mexican star Cuauhtemoc Blanco
Chicago Fire after a 2008 head-butting incident, will not affect Dempsey's ability to play in MLS or for the national team.