In his latest Q and A session with Spurs fans, Alasdair Gold issued an update on the potential bans of Eric Dier and Dele Alli.
Alli was expected to face a ban after appearing to mock the current viral outbreak in a video back in February, whilst Dier seems likely to be charged after he climbed into the stands to confront a fan following Spurs’ FA Cup penalty defeat against Norwich in March.
When asked why the FA were delaying with their choice of punishment, Gold replied:
“The FA claim all investigations and proceedings are still active.
“I can only presume that timing-wise it’s not really the most pressing thing to be announcing or dealing with when the whole state of the game is in question.
“Football is not going to return for some time and whether Dele or Dier miss those first few games or not when it does come back probably isn’t high on the agenda right now.” per Football.London (17:49).
Do you think both Dier and Alli will be banned?
As Gold suggests, it is difficult to know when the Premier League will return from its current suspension and therefore the FA are probably not giving too much thought into possible bans for Dier or Alli right now. However, it might be better to decide on a punishment now, so that Jose Mourinho can have more time to plan his potential starting line-ups for if/when football does resume.
Considering that so far this season, Dier has averaged a disappointing 6.63 rating, whilst Alli has performed slightly better; with a 6.96 average rating, perhaps having neither player available for a few games wouldn’t be the worst thing for Mourinho. The Portuguese manager could possibly see the injured trio of Steven Bergwijn, Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son return for the remaining fixtures, so we’re sure that he could find a way to manage without Dier and Alli should they both receive bans.