(Reuters) – The English FA has asked FIFA to decide on Dele Alli’s punishment before next month’s World Cup qualifier against Slovenia to reduce the chance that he will be banned for matches at next year’s finals.
Alli was caught on camera raising a middle finger in the direction of French referee Clement Turpin in England’s qualifier against Slovakia earlier this month and faces a four-game ban.
The Football Association wants any ban to include qualifiers against Slovenia (Oct. 5) and Lithuania (Oct. 8).
“We have today responded to FIFA and understand the case will be reviewed by the disciplinary committee before the end of the month,” British media quoted an FA spokesperson as saying on Wednesday.
The 21-year-old Tottenham Hotspur midfielder said the gesture was made in jest toward team mate Kyle Walker.
England, who are on top of Group F in European qualifying with 20 points from eight games, are in a strong position to make it to the World Cup.
(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru, editing by Nick Mulvenney)