Dele Alli
Dele Alli was criticised after kicking out at Nenad Tomovic during Tottenham's 1-1 draw at Fiorentina on Thursday night Getty

Uefa have confirmed that Dele Alli will not face any further disciplinary action following Tottenham Hotspur's Europa League last-32 first-leg tie against Fiorentina on 18 February. The budding England midfielder was lucky to avoid an instant dismissal in the first half of a 1-1 draw at the Stadio Artemio Franchi after appearing to aim a petulant kick to the midriff of Nenad Tomovic, following a fair challenge near the byline.

Referee Felix Zwayer subsequently incurred the wrath of the home crowd by only opting to brandish a yellow card for the incident, with Alli going on to produce another impressive display. Any hopes that Fiorentina and manager Paulo Sousa may have of the 19-year-old's punishment being retrospectively increased appear to be over after Sky Sports confirmed that Uefa view the referee's decision as an end to the matter.


Alli, who joined Tottenham from MK Dons in a £5m ($7.1m) deal in February 2015 before being loaned back to his former club for the remainder of their successful League One promotion push, has quickly developed a reputation as one of the Premier League's most talented midfielders during his first season at White Hart Lane. In addition to scoring seven goals in 24 top-flight appearances to help Pochettino's side rise to second place – only two points adrift of leaders Leicester City – the player has also become a regular for his country ahead of Euro 2016.

Addressing that controversial episode in Florence, Alli insisted that his actions were not deliberate. As quoted by The Guardian, he said: "My personality is that I like to express myself and that is not something I will look to change. Do you need an aggressive streak to thrive? You could say that. A lot of the great players have that mentality. I want to be the best I can and if that's what I need to do it, that's what I do.

"It was not deliberate. I would never do that. Football always gets a bit heated but we shook hands and that's fine. I told him what happened, he said it was okay and we moved on. I explained it to him and we leave it behind now. Coming from League One, a lot of tackles go in and that is where I've learned my trade."

Spurs face former striker Emmanuel Adebayor's Crystal Palace in the fifth-round of the FA Cup this weekend before hosting Fiorentina in the second leg on 25 February. The hosts will start that match as favourites due to their crucial away goal, which came courtesy of Nacer Chadli from the penalty spot after Ben Davies had been brought down by Tomovic. La Viola equalised after the break when Federico Bernardeschi's long-range shot took a big deflection off Ryan Mason and flew past Michel Vorm.