Reaction To Dele Gesture

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Former Arsenal and Manchester United stars Lee Dixon and Ryan Giggs have claimed that Dele Alli could be in ‘big trouble’ for the middle-finger the midfielder gestured during last night’s round of World Cup qualifiers.

In the 76th minute of play, with England 2-1 up against second-placed Slovakia, Dele supposedly aimed the obscene gesture at former Spur Kyle Walker, who swapped Tottenham for Manchester City in the Summer transfer window which closed last week.

Following the match, it was revealed that FIFA were set to review reports from the match before possibly opening disciplinary action against the 21 year old.

Speaking to ITV, Lee Dixon claimed that the youngster may find himself in ‘big trouble’ if the referee has indeed spotted the gesture and included it in his match report.

“We have to talk about it because it’s on live TV,” He said. “It’s there, it’s in your face, everybody saw it.”

“The referee’s got a view of him walking towards him and if he’s looking at that, and I’m pretty sure he says something when he gets substituted, there’s a little chat going on there.”

“If the referee has seen it and it’s in his report, he’s going to be in trouble.”

Welsh Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs also weighed in on the matter, stating that it was the Englishman’s ‘frustration’ that lead him towards the unprofessional behaviour.

“He is one of those players who plays on the edge,” He added. “We always say it, he’s at his best when he plays on the edge.”

“He can be a bit nasty which he have complimented him for, it gives him that edge. A lot of that was frustration that he’s not getting played the ball by his team-mates.”

“I do like him, he’s come through the leagues, he’s done it the hard way. We’re not condoning that but he does live on the edge.”

The incident understandably caused a flurry of activity on social media, with many football fans taking to twitter to voice their opinions.

Many fans seem to feel as though the gesture should go unpunished, arguing that what’s been labeled by the England manager as a ‘light-hearted joke’ has been taken too seriously by certain individuals.

https://twitter.com/_rayjv/status/905005516799320064

https://twitter.com/scottnewton28/status/904965258187591680

However, there are some supporters who condemn Dele’s actions, labeling them as unprofessional and disgraceful, with some also suggesting that retrospective action would be entirely justified.

Personally, if it’s true that Dele aimed his finger at Walker, then I think there’s no issue here at all. They’re two human beings and if either of them is offended, it doesn’t take FIFA to resolve it.

However, if it was actually aimed at the referee then Dele definitely ought to be disciplined, but I don’t think this was the case.

How do you feel about the incident? And do you believe Dele when he says it was a joke shared between him and Walker?

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  1. To those who were appalled and disgusted by Alli's gesture, I envy you living in the 19th century. What's next? Appalled and disgusted by a player spitting on the ground? A player rubbing his nuts when he gets the ball kicked in them? Get a life, or watch Bowls

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