Less than 24 hours after winning the PFA Young Player of the Year award, Dele Alli was in the news for an entirely different and far less universally appreciated accomplishment. You can't just go around punching people, Mr. Alli, even if the person in question is Claudio Yacob!
Oopsies. Despite the perpetrator not being Diego Costa, The FA have not only looked at this incident, but decided to charge the Spurs youngsters with the more serious offense of violent conduct, which carries a three-match ban with it. Since Spurs only have three games left, Alli could be done for the season.
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).
-source: The FA
Spurs had a slim chance of winning a long-awaited Premier League title even before getting Pulis-balled 1-1 on Monday versus West Bromwich Albion. Now, without Alli against Chelsea again -- the key youngster missed our first meeting of the year as well, a 0-0 draw at White Hart Lane -- their chances are even slimmer. In fact, depending on the result of Leicester's game on Sunday, the big Monday night derby might not even have any impact at all. But, if the Foxes do drop points at Old Trafford, Chelsea could have the honor of delivering the death blow to Spurs' season.
Alli has until tomorrow (Wednesday) at 6pm to respond. Given the stakes at hand, I'd expect him to fight the charges.