According to SkySports, FIFA have taken the decision to open disciplinary proceedings against Spurs midfielder Dele Alli, after the Tottenham star was caught on camera making a rude gesture while on international duty.
The 21 year old, who made a middle-finger salute during England’s crucial 2-1 win over Slovakia on Monday, took to Twitter soon after the game both to apologise and explain his actions.
Initial fears were that Dele had signaled the gesture towards the referee after failing to award England the foul when 32 year old defender Martin Skrtel tackled the youngster.
However, Dele clarified on social media that the gesture was a joke between himself and former Tottenham team-mate Kyle Walker.
According to SkySports, FIFA are set to begin disciplinary procedures against the Englishman, releasing the following brief statement:
“We can confirm that disciplinary proceedings have been opened following this incident. Please understand we cannot comment further at this stage.”
FIFA are taking these steps despite opposition from the FA, England manager Gareth Southgate, who described the incident as ‘light-hearted’ and Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino, who claimed it was time to move on from the issue in yesterday’s pre-match conference.
It is understood that Dele will come to learn of his punishment before England’s next game at home to Slovenia on the 5th of October.
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