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Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli could face disciplinary action from football’s governing body FIFA for its offensive gesture following the win over Slovakia in the World Cup 2018 qualification at Wembley Stadium.
According to FIFA, they will wait for the match reports from the officials by the end of the week before deciding whether to open any disciplinary proceedings.
Alli was caught making a middle finger gesture to the direction of referee Clement Turpin after he was body checked by Martin Skrtel.
Meanwhile, Alli clarified that his hand gestures in the 77th minute of the match was not for the referee but to his friend amd teammate 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” Alli said in his Twitter account
In addition, England manager Gareth Southgate said that he was unaware of the 21-year-old’s reaction during the game against Slovakia but he spoke to Alli afterwards and claimed that the incident was not for the referee.
“I’ve not seen it but I’ve been made aware of it. Kyle and Dele were mucking about, and Dele’s made a gesture towards Kyle. I don’t know what the angle of the pitch is. The pair of them have a strange way of communicating, but that’s what they’ve said when it’s been raised.” Southgate expressed