FIFA hands Alli one-match ban over of­fen­sive ges­ture

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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.

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