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Dele Alli explains who he was swearing at amid rumours he may be banned for World Cup games

The Three Lions midfielder was caught flipping the bird by television cameras during England's win over Slovakia

Last night Dele Alli provided an iconic England football moment.

With the Three Lions 2-1 up over qualifying group rivals Slovakia, the Spurs midfielder was caught by cameras giving the middle finger to somebody.

Classic

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Classic

Now, if the victim of said crime was the referee then we would not endorse his actions in the slightest, given his status as a role model.

However, England gaffer Gareth Southgate and Alli himself have both since provided an explanation for the finger.

It seems the man on the receiving end was none other than Alli’s former club team-mate, Kyle Walker.

Southgate said after the game: “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 picked up by the camera is, so I don’t know if that is clear.

“The pair of them have a strange way of communicating but that’s what they’ve said when it’s been raised.”

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Taking a couple of seconds out of a World Cup qualifier to flip your mate the bird is absolutely fine in our book.

In fact, we encourage it.

Unfortunately, FIFA may view the situation differently.

Alli faces the possibility of disciplinary action if they refuse to believe the 21-year-old’s explanation.

It all depends whether FIFA think Alli was swearing at the ref or Walker

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It all depends whether FIFA think Alli was swearing at the ref or Walker

Lionel Messi was initially banned for four games and fined £8,100 for having directed insults towards a referee’s assistant.

The Argentine star only sat out one game though after having the rest of his suspension overturned on appeal.

England have two qualifiers left to play so there is a chance that Alli could be suspended for not only the games against Slovenia and Lithuania but perhaps one or two of the World Cup group games — assuming Southgate’s men qualify.

That’s the worst case scenario but hopefully FIFA will be lenient on our Dele.


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