Federation Internationale de Football Association to investigate Dele Alli's offensive gesture

Mindy Sparks
September 10, 2017

FIFA, the organization whose scandalous bidding processes for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups revealed rampant institutional corruption, has opened disciplinary proceedings against England's Dele Alli for his obscene gesture on Monday.

Alli was accused at first of aiming the gesture at referee Clement Turpin but he claims it was directed at team-mate Kyle Walker and was a light-hearted joke between the two England players.

The Spurs star took to his Twitter handle after the 2-1 win to clarify that the gesture was aimed at Walker.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has played down the controversy surrounding Dele Alli's obscene gesture while on worldwide duty.

"There's a lot of things worse than this situation", Pochettino said.

At first blush, you might think Alli was mad at the ref for not giving a foul for the Slovakian defender's bump and chose to communicate his frustration with a rude gesture.

"I remember when I was a player, worse things happened on the pitch - one day a striker spat at me and it went all in my mouth". Their way of communicating is quite odd but that backed it up when I spoke to them. He was joking. Look at Mr Bean. No? "And he's English. But I think it's not a big issue".

Federation Internationale de Football Association told the Telegraph that if the disciplinary committee finds that Alli did breach Article 57, the Tottenham player could receive a fine or a ban.

Gareth Southgate spoke to Alli after the match and the England manager said: "Kyle and Dele were mucking about, and Dele's made a gesture towards Kyle". "It's important to move on, when you're young, it was a joke with a teammate". All the people laugh about that.

Walker, playing right back for England that night, is a former club teammate of Dele's; the two played together at Tottenham before the former completed a record £50 million ($65 million) switch to Manchester City this summer. "Come on. We need to censor Mr Bean".

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