Dele Alli had some explaining to do after England’s 2-1 victory over Slovakia on Monday night.
The 21-year-old was caught on camera making a middle finger gesture at somebody during the second half, prompting speculation over the identity of the person it was aimed at.
Some people thought it was directed towards Slovakia defender Martin Skrtel following a series of rough challenges from the former Liverpool centre-back, while others thought it was aimed towards referee Clement Turpin for showing too much leniency in favour of the visitors.
Gareth Southgate was asked about the incident in his post-match interview but he insisted he hadn’t seen it.
However, the England boss attempted to clear the situation up in his post-match press conference after having a word with the Tottenham star inside the dressing room.
“Dele and Kyle Walker were messing about and Dele made [the] gesture towards Kyle,” Southgate was quoted as saying by Henry Winter. “They have strange way of communicating!”
A little while later, this version of events was backed up by Alli himself.
“Just to clarify, the gesture tonight was a joke between me and my good friend Kyle Walker!” he wrote. “Apologies for any offence caused! Great win 2nite.”
New footage shows who Alli was gesturing towards
Not everyone believed Alli - as you can see from THESE tweets - but new footage has emerged which appears to prove he was telling the truth.
“If you look at Walker, his arms come up, as if he is doing something to him," Lee Dixon, working as a pundit for ITV Sport said.
“Just look at Walker now. His arms come up, there is communication, so maybe that is true.”
You can decide for yourselves by watching the footage here…
Alli could still face punishment from FIFA
However, there’s still a chance that FIFA will take a dim view of Alli’s actions, whether aimed at Walker or not.
According to the Guardian, he could face disciplinary action from world football’s governing body if they deem the gesture was aimed towards the referee.
Lionel Messi was initially banned for four matches and fined £8,100 by FIFA for supposedly “having directed insulting words” at an assisting referee during Argentina’s World Cup qualifier against Chile in March.
Alli will hope this new footage proves he is telling the truth.
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