Hey, ref, you're making Clint Dempsey mad. You won't like him when he's mad.
The Seattle Sounders forward got a little frustrated near the end of Tuesday night's U.S. Open Cup match against the Portland Timbers. So the Major League Soccer player relieved his feelings by knocking the referee's notebook to the turf, then picking it up and ripping it into pieces.
The angry move came after referee Daniel Radford issued a red card to Dempsey's teammate Michael Azira for throwing an elbow. Unsurprisingly, Dempsey's antics earned him a red card as well and, according to New York Times sports reporter Sam Borden, might even result in a longer 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
Per Sports Illustrated, thanks to those two red cards, plus defender Brad Evans' two yellow cards and an injury earlier in the game, Seattle ended up with just seven men on the field, while Portland finished with a full squad of 11 players.
Seattle lost 3-1. Afterward, police escorted the referees off the field:
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