By Chineze Ogugua
After being caught on camera making a gesture with his middle finger, England midfielder Dele Alli has insisted that it was not aimed at the referee during their 2-1 win over Slovakia.
In a video replay, Dele Alli is captured raising his middle finger after a foul on him a minute earlier went unnoticed by referee Clement Turpin. However, the replay did not show whom he was making the gesture to.
Alli claimed that the gesture was towards teammate Kyle Walker, which was also echoed by Coach Gareth Southgate in a news conference.
He wrote on his twitter page, “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,”
Alli could find himself facing a retroactive disciplinary action for seemingly expressing dissent toward the match official in the 2-1 World Cup qualifying victory at Wembley on Monday.