Clint Dempsey has been given a two-game suspension after he slapped defender Mark Bloom in his groin during the recent clash between Toronto F.C. and Seattle Sounders.
The former Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham star was frustrated as Seattle trailed the Canadian side 2-0 before half-time and swung and arm backwards, slapping Blooms testicles as a result. The 26-year-old defender was, understandably, in a lot of pain and went to the ground but the referee did not see enough to hand out a card.
According to Toronto Sun reporter Kurtis Larson, Dempsey has been banned for two matches and while he did not specify it was for that particular incident, there is little else for them to give him it for.
Toronto eventually prevailed with a 2-1 victory and it was Dempsey who scored the Sounders' goal in the second half to halve the deficit, though they could not muster enough to get the equaliser. After the game Dempsey insisted the incident was accidental and claimed he had said sorry to Bloom, though his explanation for doing does not appear to have been convincing enough.
"To be honest with you, I felt a hand on my back. I tried to hit it away and thought I was hitting his hand away," he said after the match.
"I understand that maybe I did catch him a little bit. I apologised to him about that, but for me, all I was trying to do was smack his hand from touching my back.”
The official Toronto F.C. website posted a video of the incident and you can watch it above...