‘A shock at first’, but ‘not a big deal’. This is what Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino thinks of Dele Alli’s… unfortunate middle finger gesture during England’s game against Slovakia, a moment caught on camera.
Dele Alli has improved a lot from last season and his behaviour is fantastic. That was a joke with a team-mate. He was unlucky because the camera caught that moment
the Argentine manager told reporters, playing down the whole incident, which could still land the England international a punishment by FIFA.
I am not worried, I think it was the heat of the media afterwards. It is not a fantastic gesture, I think it’s not a big issue, although it was a shock in the moment
Pochettino said, again trying to play down the whole case.
It was something with his team-mate [Kyle Walker], no big issue for FIFA or for us. Things happen on the pitch. From my point of view it is not a big issue, he should not be banned by FIFA
Tottenham’s manager added. The Spurs are visiting Everton on Saturday, having picked up just three points in their first three matches in the Premier League.