Alli charged with violent conduct

Dele Alli's season could be over after the Tottenham midfielder was charged with violent conduct by the Football Association.

The charge stems from an incident during the first half of Spurs' 1-1 draw with West Brom on Monday night, which went unnoticed by the referee at the time.

Television replays showed Alli striking Baggies midfielder Claudio Yacob in the midriff after they had jostled for position in the 18-yard area.

English football's governing body subsequently took retrospective action, and the England international has until Wednesday evening to lodge an appeal if he chooses to do so.

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

The 20-year-old is facing the prospect of a three-match ban, which would rule him out of the club's final three Premier League fixtures, against Chelsea, Southampton and Newcastle.

His absence would come as a massive blow to Mauricio Pochettino's side as they bid to haul in Leicester, who hold a seven-point lead at the summit, while also looking to finish ahead of fierce north London rivals Arsenal.

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