Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli will miss the rest of the season after being banned for three games for punching West Brom’s Claudio Yacob
The recently named PFA Young Player of the Year Dele Alli hit West Brom’s Claudio Yacob in the 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane on Monday. The incident was not spotted by the officials but captured by the cameras and the charge was imposed by the FA on video evidence.
He admitted the charge after television cameras showed him punching West Brom but contested that the automatic penalty of a three-match suspension would be ‘clearly excessive’.
This claim, however, was rejected following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing on 28 April 2016.
He expressed his disappointment on twitter and said will learn from this mistake and will come back stronger.
Gutted that my season is over. Shouldn’t have reacted like I did. Will learn from this and come back stronger.
— Dele Alli (@Dele_Alli) April 28, 2016
Now he will mark his presence on the ground in the England’s Euro 2016 opener against Russia in Marseille on 11 June (if selected).
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said he had not seen the incident but added after the game: “Sometimes the opponents find him and try to provoke. They know he has a strong character and may react.”