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FIFA ban Dele Alli for one England match over finger gesture

Posted By: Patience Rutayisire - On:29/09/2017
Dele Alli has been banned for one England match for making an offensive gesture during this month's World Cup qualifying win over Slovakia.

The Tottenham midfielder will be unavailable for next week's qualifier against Slovenia at Wembley, after FIFA settled on a one-match ban and a £3,850 fine.

Alli was caught on camera making a middle-finger gesture which he later claimed was directed at team-mate Kyle Walker rather than the referee.

That explanation was apparently accepted by FIFA, with a spokesman saying: "The Disciplinary Committee was not convinced that the player directed the gesture at the referee.

The statement added: "Regardless of whether it was allegedly directed at a team-mate, it did consider such gesture to be offensive and unsporting and therefore it amounted to a violation of art. 57 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code."

 

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