$9m former Tottenham man gets two game ban for slapping man in groin

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Clint Dempsey has received a two-game ban for his recent indiscretion.

Since Tottenham Hotspur sold Clint Dempsey back to MLS in a deal worth $9 million in August 2013 the USMNT star has not exactly set North America alight at new club Seattle Sounders.

The 31-year-old has however recently looked back to his best - seemingly revitalised from a loan spell back at Fulham, which itself was uninspiring.

He bagged a goal at the weekend against Toronto FC - but unfortunately his former team-mate Jermain Defoe had already bagged two goals for the Canadian outfit.

But the 2-1 defeat was unfortunately remembered for a little more than this Spurs love-in.

As Dempsey had a rather awkward off-the-ball moment with Toronto defender Mark Bloom.

For all the world it looked like Dempsey had become upset with the scoreline, frustrated by the close marking and lashed out into - let’s say a private area.

Here, just check it out for yourselves…

He has since apologised and explained what his intentions were.

“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. I understand that maybe I did catch him a little bit. I apologized to him about that, but for me, all I was trying to do was smack his hand from touching my back.”

But it seems that has not washed with the MLS decision makers - as they have slapped a punishment down on ‘Deuce’.

He has received a two game ban for his actions and will therefore miss upcoming fixtures against Montreal Impact and Columbus Crew - although will be back for the Northwest derby against Portland Timbers.

Oh balls!

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