In times when matches are covered by more than a dozen TV cameras, it’s almost impossible for something to go unnoticed, let alone a middle finger gesture, like that of Dele Alli in England’s World Cup qualifier against Slovakia.
The young Tottenham player was caught on camera showing the middle finger to someone, a gesture for which he could get a ban by UEFA if considered offensive to the referee.
Alli, just like his coach Gareth Southgate a bit earlier, in the Press conference, insisted though that the gesture was a joke between him and former Tottenham teammate Kyle Walker.
Just to clarify, the gesture tonight was a joke between me and my good friend Kyle Walker! Apologies for any offence caused! Great win 2nite
the 21-year-old wrote on Twitter.
England went 1-0 down early in the game, but Eric Dier equalized before the end of the first half, and Marcus Rashford’s goal in the 59th minute gave the Three Lions a win that practically guarantees them a spot in next year’s World Cup finals.
England are now five points ahead of second-placed Slovakia, with two matches remaining. To be left second, they would need to lose both their remaining matches, against Slovenia and Lithuania, and Slovakia to beat both Scotland (in Glasgow) and Malta.