Dele Alli suspended for Tottenham Hotspur's clash with Manchester United

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Tottenham Hotspur will be without Dele Alli for the clash against Manchester United.

The midfielder has been given a one-match ban, fined £50,000 and told that he must attend an educational course after joking about coronavirus and appearing to mock an Asian man.

A statement from the FA read: "Dele Alli has been suspended for one match with immediate effect, fined £50,000 and must undertake an education course following a breach of FA Rule E3.

"The Tottenham Hotspur FC player denied that a social media post breached FA Rule E3(1), as it was insulting and/or improper and/or brought the game into disrepute, and constituted an “Aggravated Breach”, which is defined in FA Rule E3(2), as it included a reference, whether express or implied, to race and/or colour and/or ethnic origin and/or nationality.

"However, it was subsequently found proven by an independent Regulatory Commission."

Dele Alli posted a response to the statement, which can be read below.

GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

News of Dele Alli's suspension is a huge blow for Tottenham Hotspur.

Spurs find themselves in 8th place in the Premier League - seven points behind the top four with just nine games to go.

Getting a victory over Manchester United is key for Jose Mourinho's side if they're to close the gap on the Champions League spots.

Playing in Europe's elite competition is vital for the North London side.

Without that, they risk a summer of uncertainty with players such as Dele Alli and Harry Kane likely to attract interest from the biggest clubs in the world.

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