Alli and Walker write to Fifa
Dele Alli and Kyle Walker have each submitted written statements to Fifa in support of England’s that the middle-finger gesture of Alli in the game against Slovakia was aimed at his team-mate.
Fifa has opened an investigation into Alli’s “joke” salute in England’s 2-1 World Cup qualifying victory and the case will be reviewed by the governing body’s disciplinary committee before the end of the month. If found guilty, Alli could face a four-game ban that would rule him out of at least the first two games of the World Cup in Russia. The Football Association has requested a decision before England’s next game in October, so that any ban could kick in then.
Meanwhile, Fernando Llorente has revealed his reason for choosing Tottenham above Chelsea was the “very important” personal intervention of Mauricio Pochettino.