FIFA opens disciplinary procedures over middle-finger salute


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Dele Alli: FIFA opens disciplinary procedures over middle-finger salute
September 8, 2017

FIFA has opened a disciplinary case against Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli following his middle-finger gesture during England’s World Cup qualification win over Slovakia earlier this week.

The Spurs star was caught on camera making the one-fingered salute and is now the subject of a FIFA investigation.

A FIFA spokesperson confirmed: “Kyle and Dele were mucking about, and Dele’s made a gesture towards Kyle. I don’t know what the angle picked up by the camera is, so I don’t know if that is clear. The pair of them have a strange way of communicating but that’s what they’ve said when it’s been raised.”

Alli took to Twitter after the match to claim that the gesture was aimed at his team-mate and former Tottenham club-mate Kyle Walker.

It had initially appeared that referee Clément Turpin was the target of the gesture after turning down Alli’s appeals for a free-kick.

But The Guardian claims the FA has unearthed a camera angle that supports Alli’s version of events and intends to back him in the disciplinary process.

If found guilty, Alli could be fined by FIFA and/or banned for upcoming World Cup qualification matches.

He is already suspended for Spurs’ first three Champions League games following a red card in last season’s Europa League game against Gent.


Vital Football Legend
FFS. I understand why, but we've seen less shits given for much more dangerous or offensive actions. If the press hadn't made such a thing out of this it would have been ignored.


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Fifa corrupt at every single level you look at; refusing to tackle the immoral abuse that is now the 'advisors/agents' role yet still finding time to grand-stand.

Two World cups that were clearly abusing and bribing the selection process and all they do is wring their hands and look the other way.

This organisation is a pariah on football; please God I hope the FBI mortally wound them and end it for good.


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Taricco the yid - 8/9/2017 13:23

So hes gets banned from some meaningless international games and is kept fresh for us. I don't see a problem
This is true, 2 meaningless internationals coming up in October I think? Will be good for him to have a week off.


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Taricco the yid - 8/9/2017 13:23

So hes gets banned from some meaningless international games and is kept fresh for us. I don't see a problem
I'm sure he can manage to keep himself occupied during his ban...

Nick Real Deal

Vital Football Hero
I understand everything but do we really want to see that behaviour on the pitch in jest or not.

I think a chat and warning is enough unless they feel an example is to be made of him.

Bald Archie

Vital Squad Member
If he gets disciplined I can only imagine the wails of 'They are victimising him because he plays for us, and the FA / PL / Sky / Press all hate us.'

True tht a lot worse goes on, but I don't want to see England players sticking the finger up (or worse) when representing the Country. Alli does need to grow-up that is beyond question.


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How do they prove he directed it to the ref as opposed to Walker? Surely the position of the three and the direction Alli was facing should prove defining