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Dele Alli banned for three European matches for horror tackle

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Tottenham Hotspur’s English midfielder Dele Alli (L) controls the ball by Southampton’s English midfielder James Ward-Prowse during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton at White Hart Lane in London, on March 19, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Justin TALLIS /

Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli has been suspended for three European club matches for his sending off against Gent last month, UEFA announced on Friday.

Alli, 20, received a straight red card for his horror tackle on Gent’s Brecht Dejaegere during the Premier League club’s shock Europa League exit.

Alli speared his right foot high into Dejaegere’s shin. The Belgian midfielder was able to continue initially but had to be substituted, limping off with a bloodied shin.

Alli will miss the first three games of next season’s Champions League if Spurs qualify for the tournament again.

Gent earned a 2-2 draw and 3-2 win on aggregate in the last 32 tie.

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