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Reprimand from FA could end Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli's season

By Tom Allnutt

Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli has been charged with violent conduct, the Football Association has announced.

Alli's charge relates to an incident with West Brom's Claudio Yacob, in which the 20-year-old appeared to punch his opponent in the stomach during Monday's 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane.

If found guilty, Alli could face a three-match suspension. He has until 6pm this evening to respond to the charge.

An FA statement read: "Dele Alli has been charged for an alleged act of violent conduct which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video.

"The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder was involved in an incident with West Bromwich Albion's Claudio Yacob in the 26th minute of the game last night (Monday 25 April 2016)."

A three-match ban would see Alli miss the rest of the season as Tottenham try to close a seven-point gap on league leaders Leicester, who need a maximum of three more points to win the title.

Alli was upended twice by Yacob early in the game and his frustration boiled over as he turned and swung an arm into the Argentine midfielder's midriff.

Referee Mike Jones did not see the incident, allowing it to be referred to a panel of three former elite referees, who can decide if it is worthy of retrospective action.

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