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BRIAN SCIARETTA - Friday, August 17, 2012
According to numerous reports out of England, Clint Dempsey has been fined by Fulham for refusing to play this weekend.

As punishment, Fulham have fined Dempsey.

This latest turn of events likely signals the end of a career at Fulham which began in 2007 and saw the American international score 60 goals in all competitions for the Premier League club.

Dempsey, 29, has one more year left on his current contract with Fulham but it is no secret that he wants to be transferred to another club who has the ability to play in the UEFA Champions League.

In 2007, Dempsey left the New England Revolution in difficult circumstances after MLS turned down a bit from Charlton Athletic in 2006.

The end of the summer transfer window is now only two weeks away and Dempsey will likely have a new club before then.
Wednesday August 29, 2012 5:05 pm
I think this is the major stat:
Moussa Dembélé- 25
Clint Dempsey- 29

I agree with you, Clint is the better player, but I can't say I blame them for looking at the long term. From what I've read Fulham is asking a bit too much for an out of form, near 30 year old. Hopefully Clint finds a nice home. If not, I might as well be his agent....
Eric K.
Tuesday August 28, 2012 7:15 pm
Spurs have come to an agreement on a fee for Moussa Dembele.

Although I have nothing against Dembele, lets check out some stats:

Dembele's Europe career according to stats on up by me, from 2005-2012 seasons):

47 goals and 11 assists in 253 games, playing for three clubs(Willen II & AZ Akmaar of top Dutch league, and Fulham) Not bad.

Now let's take a look at Clint Dempsey, 2006-2012:

58 goals and 18 assists in 214 games....with Fulham... in the EPL. Last season he had 23 goals and 6 assists in 46 starts in all competition. He also had 26 goals and 16 assists in 86 games with the New England Revolution between 2004-2006.

The Dempsey Total: 84 goals, 40 assists in 300 games.

Unless Fulham's demanding fee is obviously too high, there's no reason a club seriously looking to improve dramatically and serious about going as far as possible in the Champions League shouldn't pursue our boy from Texas. If anything, it's age and citizenship going against him. Also a stubburn coach.
Thursday August 23, 2012 4:13 pm
On Twitter on August 17... he said "the truth will come out." Unfortunately, Americans are new at this game so Dempsey has been railroaded. Liverpool contacted his agent without Fulham's knowledge. How 50 percent of transfers are conducted in this age of overpaid agents. Both parties are correct. Liverpool technically made no inquiries about Dempsey properly, but they surely contacted his agent. Dempsey, for being the best player the states have ever produced, handled this incorrectly. Perhaps should have pushed on with his current club. An American style holdout is not cool in proper football. Thought he wanted a "Champions League" club. So why Liverpool? Why a lateral move, pretty much? I acknowledge Liverpool is better club than Fulham, but Liverpool's living in the 80s bit is getting worn out.
Friday August 17, 2012 12:59 pm
Suspicious to me that Jol has been adment all week that Dempsey was not goign to be selected.

It looks like to me that Jol was playing hard ball this week and it didn't work. Finally he comes to the conclusion that Fulham need Demspey, and said OK Dempsey is selected.

Dempsey has stood his ground and has refused to play which in my mind he has every right to. Considering Jol's hard ball tactics didn't work.

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