On June 16, 2014, Clint Dempsey scored for the United States against Ghana in the World Cup.
The short-handed Sounders gave up the go-ahead goal midway through the first extra period, and then all hell broke loose. Seattle’s Micheal Azira was red-carded for a rough tackle, which caused Dempsey to tear up the official’s notebook. He was obviously sent off, as well. Seattle finished the eventual 3-1 loss with just seven players.
Here’s some video.
For good measure, here’s another look.
Seattle Coach Sigi Schmid didn’t pull any punches after the game.
“I didn’t want to get thrown out, so I walked away,” Schmid told the Seattle Times. “I was maybe going to choke a referee so I walked away before I did something stupid.”
But don’t worry, the refs got off the field safe.
Police are literally escorting the refs off the field. Don't think I've ever seen this before. pic.twitter.com/qVxYyZmTaU— Jackie Montgomery (@MissJMontgomery) June 17, 2015
It’ll be interesting to see how long Dempsey is punished. It could be a lengthy suspension.
Just watched video of Clint Dempsey ejection in last night's game; by definition, that's referee assault, which carries a min. 3 month ban.— Sam Borden (@SamBorden) June 17, 2015
Why is ripping a referee's card assault? From @ussoccer's own laws, assault inc. "damaging the referee’s uniform or personal property"— Sam Borden (@SamBorden) June 17, 2015
.@ussoccer has an out: in laws, it says this policy doesn't apply to "Professional League member activities." So maybe they let him skate.— Sam Borden (@SamBorden) June 17, 2015