Ali’s fin­ger earns him ban

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Dele Alli has been given a one-game Eng­land ban af­ter mak­ing an offensive ges­ture dur­ing his coun­try’s World Cup qual­i­fier against Slo­vakia.

Alli was hit with the pun­ish­ment and fined 5,000 Swiss francs (Dh18,000) by FIFA fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent in Eng­land’s win at Wem­b­ley last month.

Footage showed the Spurs mid­fielder mak­ing a mid­dlefin­ger salute shortly af­ter a col­li­sion with Martin Skr­tel. But Alli claimed the ges­ture was aimed at team-mate Kyle Walker rather than of­fi­cials or any Slo­vakia player.

FIFA’s dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee ac­cepted the 21-year-old was not taunt­ing ref­eree Cle­ment Turpin, but still handed out the sus­pen­sion mean­ing he’ll miss next Thurs­day’s game against Slove­nia at Wem­b­ley.

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