Dele Alli

Calls for Tottenham’s Dele Alli to be banned vs Arsenal

Liverpool 2 – Tottenham 2

The fallout from Sunday’s epic Premier League match Anfield has continued on Monday.

Spurs left Liverpool with a point after a thrilling match against the Reds.

The match exploded in the final ten minutes. That’s after Mohamed Salah opened for Liverpool inside three minutes.

Victor Wanyama levelled for Spurs with a wonder striker in the 80th. Harry Kane then missed a penalty, before Salah morphed into Leo Messi to put Liverpool 2-1 up in the 90th minute.

But Spurs won a second late penalty in front of the Kop. This time Kane scored to chalk up his 100th Premier League goal.

Should Dele Alli be banned vs Arsenal?

Next weekend it’s the north London derby at Wembley.

Tottenham are fifth in the Premier League with 49 points on the board. Bitter rivals Arsenal, following a 5-1 win over Everton, are sixth in the table with 45 points.

When the sides line up next Saturday, Dele Alli will likely be in the Tottenham XI. But should the English international have been banned for the Gunners game?

That argument was forwarded by former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg in the Times.

Alli drew criticism once again during the Liverpool game for diving.

Dele Alli dive vs Liverpool

Alli was booked when he tried to con the ref into awarding a Spurs a penalty, but Clattenburg believes the laws of the game need updating:

It was a clear dive and the referee, Jon Moss, was right to caution him.

Alli has been guilty in the past of exaggerating contact. Because he’s been caught he only gets a yellow card, whereas if it had been missed by Moss, it would have been spotted retrospectively and he’d have been banned for two games.

I’ve argued before that the same offence should get the same punishment and everyone who gets caught diving should be banned for two games, whether or not it is spotted on the day.

The Times also provided a graphic of the worst divers in the Premier League this season, as per bookings.

Premier League: Booked for diving

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