Report: Alli accepts FA’s violent conduct charge

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It is highly likely rising star Dele Alli will not play again for Tottenham Hotspur this season.

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Alli, 20, was caught on video (see above) appearing to punch West Bromwich Albion’s Claudio Yacob in the stomach during Spurs’ disappointing 1-1 draw at home against the Baggies on Monday.

He was subsequently hit with a violent conduct charge by the FA and numerous reports say he will accept the charges against him.

Monday’s draw all but ended Tottenham’s title hopes as they sit seven points behind Leicester City with each team having three games left to play, and losing the recently crowned PFA Young Player of the Year will be another blow for Mauricio Pochettino‘s side.

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Due to the incident in question not being spotted by referee Mike Jones or the rest of his officiating crew, plus Jones didn’t include any mention of it in his referees match report, the FA have used video footage to retrospectively charge Alli.

Alli has until 1 p.m. ET on Wednesday to respond to the charge and a panel of three elite former referees will decide how long he will be banned for.

Earlier this season Chelsea striker Diego Costa was banned retrospectively for three games after flailing his arms in the face of Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny. Many expect Alli will also get a three-match ban, which would see him miss Spurs’ final games of the campaign.

When it comes to Alli, in his first season in the Premier League he’s been a revelation. With 10 goals and striking up a superb partnership with Harry Kane in attack, he is now deemed by many as a starter for the English national team at the 2016 European Championships this summer but the former MK Dons star has a petulant streak in him which he has to control better.

Pochettino scolded Alli earlier this season for an incident during a Europa League game at Fiorentina and here and there he’s shown flashes of the red midst descending.

He’s still very young but potentially missing the last three games of Spurs’ landmark season should provide Alli with a steep learning curve. Let’s hope he nips this kind of behavior in the bud.