FIFA hands Alli one-match ban over offensive gesture
Dele Alli has been banned for one international match for making an offensive gesture during England’s World Cup qualifying match against Slovakia at Wembley last month.
Alli has also been fined 5,000 Swiss francs (£3,800) following the incident, although FIFA’s disciplinary committee said it accepted the gesture had not been aimed at the referee. A FIFA spokesman said: “Following the incident that occurred during the match between England and Slovakia on September 4, 2017. Dele Alli has been sanctioned with a suspension for one official match, and a fine of CHF 5,000 for making an offensive and unsporting gesture.”
The FIFA spokesman added: “Although the Disciplinary Committee was not convinced that the player directed the gesture at the referee, and regardless of whether it was allegedly directed at a teammate, 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.”
TV footage showed Alli, 21, swearing, but the player was quick to stress that it was aimed at teammate Kyle Walker rather than the officials or any Slovakia player.