Dele Alli had a savage response when Patrick van Aanholt tried to confront him at FT

Dele Alli really is the pantomime villain of the Premier League this season.

The talented Tottenham midfielder has been at the centre of a lot of controversy in 2017/18, with most stemming from his constant need to dive to try and win penalties.

His worst attempt came at Anfield in the 2-2 draw with Liverpool, when he tried to con the referee that Andrew Robertson tripped in.

He was duly booked and given a death stare by Dejan Lovren and Alli was back to his usual tricks against Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Harry Kane scored a late goal to seal a 1-0 win, but halfway through the second half, Alli was slammed by Palace fans after he appeared to dive under a challenge from Wayne Hennessy.

Watch below and judge for yourself.


Respected pundits Alan Shearer and Gary Lineker both thought it was a clear dive.

Alli’s actions throughout the game also angered the Palace players, with Patrick van Aanholt clashing with the Spurs man after he appeared to go down easily in the box again from the Dutch full-back’s challenge.

The pair had to be broken up by teammates and it seems the squabble continued after the full-time whistle.

Van Aanholt rushed over to the former MK Dons man to extend the confrontation and according to eye witnesses, Alli had a pretty savage response.


Alli taking a leaf out of Theo Walcott’s book there.

Prior to the match, former England manager Roy Hodgson – who handed Alli his international debut – came out and said he didn’t believe the Spurs man was a diver or a cheat.

And after the game, Hodgson refused to condemn him again, instead taking aim at Van Aanholt’s actions.


He’s having none of it.

Van Aanholt was clearly trying to provoke a reaction from Alli during the game and in a sense, his actions were a tad unnecessary, particularly after the final whistle.

At the end of the day, Alli certainly got the last laugh.

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