Tottenham midfielder, Dele Alli risk facing disciplinary actions from UEFA following his middle finger gesture in England’s 2018 World Cup qualifier game against Slovakia at Wembley.
TV footage caught Alli making the middle finger gesture in the direction of the referee, Clément Turpin in the 77th minute of the match just moments after the French official waved away Alli’s appeal for a free kick following Martin Skrtel’s challenge.
The 21-year-old midfielder later apologised and debunked suggestions that his gesture was towards the referee but rather towards former Spurs 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,” he posted on his official twitter handle.
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
If the referee includes the incident in his match report, Alli could face up to three match ban which will see him ruled out of the remainder of the World Cup qualifier and England’s first match at the 2018 World Cup.