Tottenham's Dele Alli handed three-match Europe ban in huge blow if Spurs qualify for Champions League

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Alli was sent off for this challenge against Gent - and will pay the price next season - PA Wire/PA Images

Dele Alli has been hit with a three-game European ban that could see him miss half of Tottenham Hotspur’s Champions League group games next season.

Uefa have chosen to issue Alli with a three-match suspension for the challenge on Gent’s Brecht Dejaegere that earned him a red card and contributed to Tottenham’s Europa League elimination.

Players who are sent off in European competition get a minimum one-game ban and Uefa decided to add on an extra two matches for the severity of Alli’s offence.

Tottenham are currently second in the Premier League table and should they clinch a top-three finish and automatic Champions League qualification, then Alli will miss half their group games.

The ban is a big blow to Tottenham, who failed to qualify for the knockout stages of this season’s Champions League and were immediately knocked out of the Europa League at the last-16 stage.

Alli will be forced to watch Spurs' Champions League group games from the sidelines if they qualify Credit: Fosker/BPI/REX/Shutterstock

Alli missed the final three games of the last Premier League season after admitting a charge of violent conduct for punching West Bromwich Albion’s Claudio Yacob.

Earlier this week, Alli insisted he would not apologise for his approach and said: “Everyone makes mistakes and it's important that you bounce back. I felt horrible straight after the Gent game, but it's important I put it behind me and make sure I learn from it and keep improving.

“I have calmed down a bit, but it's important, I'm never going to take that out of my game. I'm never gonna say sorry for wanting to win or trying as hard as I can. Sometimes things happen and you have to learn from them.

“The manager knows that's who I am. We've had a few talks and he's been really supportive. It's good to have a manager behind me who trusts and supports me as much as he does.

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“I'm still young, I'm 20 years old. There's going to be a lot of ups and downs in football, that's the way it is. It's important if things don't go my way and things happen, that I learn from them and keep improving.”

Meanwhile, Arsenal have been fined £4,300 after some of their fans ran onto the pitch during the 5-1 Champions League home defeat by Bayern Munich.

Uefa has also fined Bayern £2,600 after their supporters delayed the tie at Arsenal's Emirates stadium by throwing rolls of paper onto the pitch in protest over ticket prices.

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