Dele’s par­ents in le­gal fight over his MK Dons con­tract

New Straits Times - - Sport -

AFP LON­DON: Tot­ten­ham and Eng­land star Dele Alli goes into the in­ter­na­tional week with a fam­ily dis­pute gath­er­ing mo­men­tum.

Alli’s par­ents Denise and Ke­hinde, who split when Dele was three, are pur­su­ing le­gal ac­tion be­cause nei­ther of them signed his first pro­fes­sional forms with MK Dons as a 16-year-old, al­legedly in breach of reg­u­la­tions.

Since the age of 13, Alli has lived with Alan and Sally Hick­ford — par­ents of Harry Hick­ford, an­other MK Dons academy player.

Alli con­sid­ers Alan and Sally his mum and dad, but they have never of­fi­cially adopted him.

The Hick­fords’ sig­na­tures are on Alli’s MK Dons con­tract but their sta­tus at the time — only the home­own­ers of his digs by the let­ter of the law — is the loop­hole be­ing ex­ploited by his par­ents.

Denise and Ke­hinde are es­tranged from Alli to the ex­tent he took the fam­ily sur­name off his Tot­ten­ham shirt at the start of the sea­son.

Alli, who is ex­pected to fea­ture for Eng­land against Ger­many and Lithua­nia this week, has al­ready had to cope with his par­ents com­plain­ing that he wants noth­ing to do with them, de­spite the fact it is be­lieved he gives them money. Daily Mail

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Tot­ten­ham’s Dele Alli scores their sec­ond goal from the penalty spot in their Premier League match against Southamp­ton at White Hart Lane on Sun­day.

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