Dele Alli charged for Claudio Yacob punch; Second place in play?

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By now, you’ve likely seen the footage of Spurs midfielder Dele Alli slugging West Brom defender Claudio Yacob (Watch here).

So has the FA.

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Alli, 20, could be done for the season due to the incident, as he is facing a charge from the English Football Association that could lead to a three-match ban.

Off the ball incidents which are not seen at the time by the match officials are referred to a panel of three former elite referees.

Each referee panel member will review the video footage independently of one another to determine whether they consider it a sending-off offence. For retrospective action to be taken, and an FA charge to follow, the decision of the panel must be unanimous.

Spurs’ title hopes have only been on the thinnest thread for weeks, and this likely clips it. Alli should be banned, something that will very much please Chelsea, Southampton and Newcastle.

Does this open up the race for second place? Man City and Arsenal are both five points back of Spurs, who face a brutal run-in.