Tottenham’s midfielder Dele Alli faces the prospect of missing the rest of the season after he was charged with violent conduct by the Football Association.
He was charged following incidents that occured during his teams 1-1 draw against West Brom in which he was caught on camera hitting West Brom’s Claudio Yacob in the stomach,an action which the referee totally missed.Violent conduct usually incurs a three-game ban, so a guilty verdict would mean the England player, misses all of Spurs’ remaining fixtures against Chelsea, Southampton and Newcastle.
Off-the-ball incidents missed by the officials are referred to a panel of three former elite referees to decide on any sanction.Alli has been a hugely influential figure in his debut season for for Tottenham. The former MK Dons player has scored 10 goals so far and has formed an impressive partnership with striker Harry Kane.
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When asked about it over the weekend, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said he had not seen the incident, which occurred in the 26th minute, but added: “Sometimes the opponents find him and try to provoke. They know he has a strong character and may react”.Tottenham will be hoping Alli who was named the Premier league Football Association’s Young Player of the Year will be cleared of the action as they will need every player fit and available to participate in their title run-ins.