Football: England's Alli handed one-match ban for gesture

Tottenham's Dele Alli shakes hands with manager Mauricio Pochettino after being substituted in the League Cup third-round tie against Barnsley on Sept 19, 2017.
Tottenham's Dele Alli shakes hands with manager Mauricio Pochettino after being substituted in the League Cup third-round tie against Barnsley on Sept 19, 2017.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - England midfielder Dele Alli will miss the World Cup qualifier against Slovenia on Oct 5 after being handed a one-match ban for making an obscene middle-finger gesture.

Alli was caught on camera raising his finger in the direction of French referee Clement Turpin during England's qualifier against Slovakia at Wembley earlier in September 2017 and had risked a potential four-game ban.

He had said the gesture was made in jest towards his former Tottenham Hotspur team-mate Kyle Walker.

World football's ruling body Fifa ruled on Friday (Sept 29) that the 21-year-old's behaviour had been "offensive and unsporting" and also fined him 5,000 Swiss francs (S$7,000).

Alli, who has been named in England's squad for the next two qualifiers, will now be available to play Lithuania on Oct 8.

England lead Group F on 20 points, five ahead of second-placed Slovakia, and are one win away from sealing their spot at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.