Tottenham Hotspur fans have jumped to the defence of Dele Alli after FIFA announced that disciplinary proceedings against him have been opened.
The investigation is in reference to the middle-finger salute that the 21-year-old displayed while playing for England.
The former MK Dons player made the gesture in the second half of the Three Lions’ 2-1 win over Slovakia in Monday evening’s World Cup qualifier at Wembley.
There were suggestions that Alli raised his middle finger at the referee after Martin Skrtel was not penalised for a challenge.
However, the Tottenham man insisted on Twitter that he was targeting teammate Kyle Walker, who recently left Spurs to join Manchester City.
Just to clarify, the gesture tonight was a joke between me and my good friend Kyle Walker! Apologies for any offence caused! Great win 2nite
— Dele (@dele_official) September 4, 2017
Despite Alli claiming that the incident was a light-hearted joke between the pair, FIFA has taken issue with it.
The Mirror reports that the midfielder could receive a three-match ban for his conduct, which would make him ineligible to play in England’s opening match at the World Cup in Russia.
After the news was announced, Tottenham fans took to Twitter to give support to their player.
— The 8th King of Rome (@KingofRomeVIII) September 8, 2017
I hope Dele gets an international ban. A pathetic reason but at least we know the lad is safe! #COYS
— Max Everson (@Maxelaar) September 8, 2017
Chin up Del Boy! channel it thru your boots lad💪⚽️ #COYS
— TMDsport (@tmdsport) September 8, 2017
— Dynamic Drainage Ltd (@dynamicdrainage) September 8, 2017
— Andrew Date (@Datey11) September 8, 2017
— Jonathan Garner (@jongarnerlincs) September 8, 2017
FIFA open disciplinary proceedings against Dele, a large and hefty ban from playing for England would do me nicely thanks!! #COYS
— Levy Out (@TheSLOv2) September 8, 2017
— Tom (@Tommo__yid) September 8, 2017