According to SkySports, FIFA are ‘gathering evidence’ ahead of prospective disciplinary action against Spurs wonder-kid Dele Alli, after the 21 year old showed his middle-finger to former Tottenham team-mate Kyle Walker during last night’s match against Slovakia.
In the 76th minute of last night’s Group F World Cup qualifying match at Wembley Stadium, Dele Alli appeared to raise his middle-finger to signal a rude gesture.
Initial thoughts were that Dele had aimed the gesture at French referee Clement Turpin, who’d decided not to award England a free-kick after the youngster had gone down on the challenge from former Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel.
However, the Spurs midfielder took to social media to explain the bizarre incident, stating that the action was a light-hearted joke shared between himself and former Tottenham team-mate Kyle Walker.
Just to clarify, the gesture tonight was a joke between me and my good friend Kyle Walker! Apologies for any offence caused! Great win 2nite
— Dele (@dele_official) September 4, 2017
The incident marred what was a good match for England, who came back from 1-0 down to win 2-1 against current second-placed outfit Slovakia, putting the Three Lions in pole position to qualify for next Summer’s World Cup in Russia.
Now, according to SkySports, FIFA will commence analysing various match reports from the game before deciding whether or not to discipline the player.
England boss Gareth Southgate commented on the incident in his post-match interview and largely defended Dele’s actions as merely innocent camaraderie between two international team-mates.
“I’ve not seen it but I’ve been made aware of it,” He told reporters. “Dele and Kyle were mucking about and Dele made a gesture towards Kyle.”
“I don’t know what’s been visible on the picture and what the angle of the picture is. They have a strange way of communicating but that’s what they’ve said when I raised it.”
“But as I say, I haven’t seen it myself.”
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