FIFA Bans Dele Alli

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Following his middle-finger gesture during the World Cup qualifier against Slovakia, England midfielder, Dele Alli has been banned for one international match.


Fifa, who said the incident on September 4 was “offensive and unsporting” also fined the Tottenham player 5,000 Swiss francs (£3,852).

Alli will now miss next Thursday’s World Cup qualifier at home to Slovenia, but will be available for the game against Lithuania on Sunday.

Alli said his gesture was aimed at former Spurs team-mate Kyle Walker during the77th minute of the 2-1 win in Group F.

A Fifa statement said, “Although the disciplinary committee was not convinced that the player directed the gesture at the referee, and regardless of whether it was allegedly directed at a team-mate, it did consider such gesture to be offensive and unsporting. Therefore it amounted to a violation of article 57 of the Fifa disciplinary code.”

The incident occurred after Alli was body-checked by Slovakia defender Martin Skrtel, and referee Clement Turpin waved play on.

It initially appeared that Alli gestured towards the official, with whom he also had words when he was substituted in the 93rd minute.

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