Tottenham Hotspur’s slim hopes of winning the Premier League title have been dealt a significant blow this afternoon with news that Dele Alli will miss the final three games of the season.
The 20-year-old has been charged by the FA in relation to an incident relating to his side’s 1-1 draw against West Bromwich Albion at White Hart Lane on Monday, which left Tottenham seven points behind Leicester with just three games remaining.
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The incident occurred when Tottenham were 1-0 ahead. Unhappy with what he perceived to be aggressive behaviour from West Brom midfielder Claudio Yacob, Alli turned and and appeared to swing a punch towards Yacob’s abdomen.
Though the referee missed the incident, television cameras captured what transpired.
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The FA have today confirmed that Alli will face a three match ban having accepted a charge of violent conduct, rendering the breakout star’s debut Premier League season to be over prematurely.
Alli will be a massive loss to Tottenham. He has been one of the club’s star players this year, having made the jump from League One side MK Dons last summer. His partnerships with other stars such as Eric Dier and Harry Kane have made him a vital a cog in the machine of Maurcio Pochettino’s side.
His loss, however, could prove to be England’s gain, as it is highly likely now that his next competitive appearance will come in an England shirt in their opening Euro 2016 match against Russia in June.