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Alli appeared to punch Yacob.

Claudio Yacob 'can't remember' Dele Alli's 'punch'

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Just a few days ago, Dele Alli had been announced as PFA Young Player of the Year as his Spurs side still had hopes of winning the league title.

Last night, Spurs’ title dreams were crushed after a 1-1 draw with West Brom and Alli hit the headlines after appearing to punch Claudio Yacob in an off-the-ball incident.

The 20-year-old could face a three-match retrospective ban, meaning his impressive campaign could be over.

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However, the West Brom midfielder may have saved his skin.

Yacob didn’t really react following Alli’s jab and, when asked about the punch after the match, the midfielder insisted he didn’t know anything about it.

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“I don’t remember it,” Yacob told reporters, per the Standard.

“It was nothing. What stays on the pitch…” he added.

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Meanwhile Yacob’s manager, Tony Pulis, also didn’t appear to know anything about it.

“Claudio mentioned the tackle from Dembele. Not the punch. If he got punched, who punched him?” he said.

“I haven’t seen it. I don’t think Yacob complained. He's a tough lad.”

Well, that’s the reaction from the West Brom camp but here’s the video. Make your own opinion.

Facing a ban

Judging by the footage, Alli could still be in trouble.

There’s no doubting his talents but the former MK Dons midfielder has allowed his fiery temper to get the better of him on numerous occasions already this season.

The midfielder was caught kicking Fiorentina’s Nenad Tomovic whilst he was on the floor during a Europa League match in February but got away with just a yellow card.

Fiorentina v Tottenham Hotspur - UEFA Europa League Round of 32: First Leg

Following Spurs’ draw with West Brom, Jamie Carragher, who was working as a pundit on Monday Night Football said: "From the start he (Yacob) had wound him up. Right from the start – maybe he has fallen into a trap.

"Fair play to Yacob he carries on but he's very fortunate the referee hasn't spotted it.

"That's going to be a massive learning curve for him. Situations like that, he's going to be in similar situations in the Champions League next season," he added.

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While his manager, Mauricio Pochettino said: "Sometimes the opponents find him and try to provoke, they know he has a strong character and may react."

Alli may need to learn to curb his passion if he is to fulfil his incredible potential at White Hart Lane. He has scored ten league goals in 32 appearances and fully deserved his Young Player of the Year accolade.

His performances make him a certainty for Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2016 England squad but the Three Lions boss will be hoping he doesn’t follow in David Beckham’s and Wayne Rooney’s footsteps by getting sent-off for lashing out at an opponent.

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