Tottenham lose key man for season-ending visit to Newcastle

In-form Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli will missed the club's season-ending game against Newcastle United.

Thursday, 28th April 2016, 5:46 pm
Updated Wednesday, 4th May 2016, 12:38 pm
Dele Alli

Alli will not play for Tottenham again this season after the Football Association handed him a three-match ban for violent conduct.

And the news is a welcome lift for second-bottom Newcastle, who face Tottenham at St James's Park in the Premier League on May 15.

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The 20-year-old was hit with the suspension after appearing to punch West Brom's Claudio Yacob in Monday night's 1-1 draw between the two sides at White Hart Lane.

Alli accepted the FA charge, but saw his claims that the accompanying three-match ban would be an excessive punishment thrown out.

Named PFA Young Player of the Year last week, Alli had been fouled twice in the early stages by the Argentinian and looked to react when the two came together in the penalty area.

The incident was missed by referee Mike Jones but the FA acted quickly in charging Alli and announced on tonight that a three-match ban was his punishment.

"Dele Alli will serve a three-match suspension with immediate effect after he committed an act of violent conduct which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video," an FA statement read.

"The player accepted The FA's charge, but contested that the automatic penalty of a three-match suspension would be 'clearly excessive'.

"This claim, however, was rejected following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today.

"The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder was involved in a 26th minute incident with West Bromwich Albion's Claudio Yacob during their game on Monday."