Tottenham and England forward Dele Alli has issued an apology after he flipped the bird in England’s game against Slovakia at the Wembley Stadium.
Alli gave the middle finger gesture late in the second half of the World Cup qualifier which England won and took to his Twitter page to issue an apology while stating that the act was aimed at Kyle Walker, his former teammate at Tottenham.
“The gesture I made tonight was aimed at my friend Walker and I am sorry for the offensive this may have caused!” An amazing win tonight’s, he tweeted.
Gareth Southgate stated in his post match interview that Alli revealed to him that the act was not intentional as it was aimed at Walker without any malice.
“I have not seen the footage but I have been informed. It was just two players poking fun at each other and nothing more” he said.
“I really don’t know what is visible in the picture and the angle that it was taken for”. Their way of communicating is quite strange but that backed it up when I spoke to them.
FIFA Ban Looming
FIFA might choose to review the act which could lead to a suspension if the referee makes reference to it in his report.
Alli’s act was the only blemish on a fine day for England football as they now lead only two points to qualify for the World Cup in Russia.