England: Dele Alli Claims He Didn’t Aim Middle Finger Salute At Referee, He Was Just ‘Mucking Around’ With Kyle Walker

Chris Wright

5th, September 2017


Dele Alli could be staring down the barrel of a FIFA suspension after giving somebody the middle finger during England’s 2-1 win over Slovakia at Wembley last night.

The initial suspicion was that Alli was offering the salute to referee Clement Turpin after Martin Skrtel felled the England midfielder with an agricultural challenge only for the French official to wave play on.

Thankfully, Gareth Southgate was on hand to clear up any confusion after the final whistle, explaining that Alli was simply engaging in a private in-joke with former Tottenham pal Kyle Walker, who was positioned just over the referee’s shoulder.

Speaking to the media after the match, Southgate trotted out the following excuse:

I’ve not seen it but I’ve been made aware of it. Kyle and Dele were mucking about, and Dele’s made a gesture towards Kyle.

I don’t know what the angle of the pitch is. The pair of them have a strange way of communicating, but that’s what they’ve said when it’s been raised.

Without seeing it, and I’ve literally just gone and asked him quickly… For me, what it does is detract from what was his best performance for us since I’ve been the manager.

His work without the ball was top drawer, intelligent positions and turning people over.

Alli then toed the party line on Twitter, reiterating that he was simply offering a friendly finger to an ex-teammate of his…

As far as we understand, if FIFA decide that Alli was indeed flipping off Mr Turpin, the maximum punishment would be a three-match ban.

FIFA are still waiting for the match reports to be filed by the officials, so we should know more – i.e. whether FIFA intend to open disciplinary proceedings – by the end of the week.

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  1. typical_modern_snowflake says:

    I didn’t see the game, hear anything about it, or know anything about it but I’M OFFENDED!!!! and deeply outraged!!! He needs to be severly punished – probably a 20 year ban and a grovelling apology on News At Ten. I had to have a very unfortunate conversation with my two 15yr old boys explaining what this gesture meant. (ok, i dont have 15 yr old boys, but I probably would have had to because they’d have no idea in the world). I demand a petition for…. something, and a national inquiry – it’s a disgrace! (i’d start one myself, but I need to get back into my safe space where pictures of a finger can’t hurt my feelings).

  2. Jarren says:

    In my other post I thought he actually WAS giving the ref the finger, to which I said “at least he showed some passion”.

    If it transpires that he was actually just doing it at Walker as banter, well that’s a different kettle of fish altogether.

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