Report: This is when decision will be made on Tottenham midfielder
By Matt Farr
Tottenham and Dele Alli must wait a little longer to learn how long the midfielder will be banned for his horror tackle, according to a report.
UEFA were initially set to make a decision over the duration of the 20-year-old’s ban this week, but the Standard report that a decision will not be made until 23 March.
Alli was sent off for a shin-high tackle on Brecht Dejaegere during Tottenham’s 2-2 draw with KAA Gent in their Europa League meeting last Thursday.
But the report states that there is no hurry to make a decision because Tottenham are no longer participating in Europe this season, and Alli’s expected absence will not affect them until next season.
The delayed decision now means that Tottenham will hear of the result on the very same day a decision is made by Brent Council’s planning committee over their application to play in front of a capacity crowd at Wembley Stadium.
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If the application is successful, Tottenham will be able to play all of their home matches in the 2017-18 season at Wembley in front of a full-house, instead of a restricted 51,000 for some games.
But the north London club have not yet formally announced their intention to make the temporary move from White Hart Lane, and they have until the end of March to inform the FA of their final decision.
England international Alli is likely to be handed a three-match ban for the incident, for which he has since apologised to his team-mates.
Tottenham are currently on course to qualify for the Champions League group-stage for next season, but the potential ban could see him ruled out of their opening three matches.
Given his value to the club this season, he will be a major loss to Mauricio Pochettino’s side. The midfielder has scored an incredible 14 goals and made six assists from 36 appearances this season.
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