Mid-Day Ticker: Dempsey claims Fulham honor, Mathijsen sidelined and more

Mid-Day Ticker: Dempsey claims Fulham honor, Mathijsen sidelined and more

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Mid-Day Ticker: Dempsey claims Fulham honor, Mathijsen sidelined and more

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By THOMAS FLOYD

Fulham's supporters just put the icing on the cake for Clint Dempsey's historic season.

The club announced Thursday that Dempsey has been voted Fulham's Player of the Season by the club's fans for the second straight year. The honor comes as no surprise for the 29-year-old, who scored 23 goals in all competitions despite logging most of his minutes in the Cottagers' midfield.

Dempsey, who finished fourth in the Football Writers’ Association voting for Footballer of the Year, surpassed Brian McBride to become the highest-scoring American in English Premier League history during his standout campaign, which featured the first two hat tricks of the Texan's career.

Video of all of Dempsey's 23 goals this season and some more stories from around the soccer world are after the jump:

MATHIJSEN OUT FOR DUTCH OPENER

If the Netherlands is going to make a run at the Euro 2012 title, the Oranje might have to do so without Joris Mathijsen.

The starting centerback is set to miss the Netherlands' opener against Denmark on Saturday after suffering a hamstring injury in a 2-1 loss to Bulgaria on May 26, and coach Bert van Marwijk is contemplating replacing him on the roster altogether by Friday's roster deadline. (Players can be replaced up to the day before a team's first match.)

PSV Eindhoven's Wilfred Bouma is the likely replacement for Mathijsen alongside Everton's John Heitinga in central defense.

KRANJCAR COMPLETES DYNAMO KIEV MOVE

Croatian midfielder Niko Kranjcar has completed a transfer from Tottenham Hotspur to Dynamo Kiev and signed a four-year deal with the Ukrainian club.

After joining Tottenham from Portsmouth in 2009, Kranjcar scored six goals in 24 Premier League appearances during his first season with the club, only to see a knee injury and the emergence of Gareth Bale on the left flank limit him to 25 EPL matches over the past two campaigns.

UEFA ISSUES WARNING AGAINST WALK-OFFS

In the wake of Mario Balotelli's promise to walk off the field at Euro 2012 if he is subjected to racial abuse, UEFA president Michel Platini has said any player who does so will receive a yellow card.

Leaving the pitch without permission is a bookable offense according to the FIFA Laws of the Game, leading Platini to say, "Things are clear. Referees have a protocol, so they know what they have to do."

CHELSEA STADIUM BID DENIED

After submitting an application last month to build a new stadium at the decommissioned Battersea Power Station in southwest London, Chelsea revealed Thursday that the club's bid was denied in favor of one filed by two Malaysian companies.

The Blues, who are considering leaving 135-year-old Stamford Bridge, had outlined a plan for a 60,000-seat venue at the property on the banks of the River Thames that would have retained the power station's four chimneys as part of the stadium's decor.

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What do you think of Dempsey being named Fulham's player of the year? How big a blow will Mathijsen's absence be for the Netherlands? Will Kranjcar thrive with Dynamo Kiev? Should racially abused players who walk off the field be booked?

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