June 25, 2015
SHUT OUT OF THE OPEN CUP
Dempsey banned for at least 2 years
CHICAGO -- The U.S. Open Cup Adjudication and Discipline Panel Friday suspended Seattle Sounders FC forward Clint Dempsey six Lamar Hunt/U.S. Open Cup matches or the next two years of U.S. Open Cup competition, whichever is greater.
|Clint Dempsey's Open Cup has been shut for at least the next two years.
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Due to the suspension, the 32-year-old Dempsey cannot play in any Open Cup matches in 2016 or 2017,and possibly longer depending on the number of tournament games in which Dempsey's team participates in those years.
The suspension is due to his actions during the Open Cup match between Seattle Sounders FC and Portland Timbers on June 16 when the U.S. international striker ripped up the book of referee Daniel Radford's notebook.
He received his second yellow card of the night in the 114th minute for dissent. He then was awarded a straight red for grabbing referee Daniel Radford's notebook, throwing it to the turf and ripping it up.
Last week Major League Soccer slapped Dempsey with a three-game ban, citing referee abuse and not referee assault, which would have meant more games. Although the ban included any other soccer competition, such as with the U.S. National Team, it did not extend long enough to preclude Dempsey from joining the U.S. in Nashville next week ahead of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Dempsey also has been fined an undisclosed amount.
He also had been banned from three Major League Soccer matches by the league's disciplinary panel earlier this month.
The panel convened Tuesday, June 23 to review the evidence gathered in regards to the incident.
He waived his right to an appeal.