Dele Alli could face disciplinary action after raising his middle finger during England’s 2-1 win over Slovakia at Wembley on Monday evening, according to the Guardian.
There were suggestions Alli had made the gesture towards referee Clement Turpin.
Is this the sequel to the Dele Alli wave? pic.twitter.com/AwfWVFI9OP
— Rob Armstrong (@RobArmstrong_wh) September 4, 2017
But England manager Gareth Southgate was quick to point out after the match that Alli was simply joking around with former Spurs teammate Kyle Walker.
“Kyle and Dele were mucking about, and Dele’s made a gesture towards Kyle,” Southgate said. “I don’t know what the angle picked up by the camera is, so I don’t know if that is clear.
“The pair of them have a strange way of communicating but that’s what they’ve said when it’s been raised.”
Alli himself later clarified that he had indeed made the gesture towards Walker.
Just to clarify, the gesture tonight was a joke between me and my good friend Kyle Walker! Apologies for any offence caused! Great win 2nite
— Dele (@dele_official) September 4, 2017
Regardless, the Guardian believes FIFA “may still choose to scrutinise the incident.”
Away from Alli’s incident, it was a good night for another Tottenham player – Eric Dier scored a first half equaliser to set England on the path to victory.