Tottenham fans respond as Dele Alli tweets his reaction to three-match ban

The Spurs star's domestic season is over after he was handed a suspension for punching West Brom midfielder Claudio Yacob.

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli has tweeted his response to being handed a three-match ban by the FA for punching West Bromwich Albion midfielder Claudio Yacob in the stomach, admitting that he should not have reacted in the way that he did.

Alli has been punished after an altercation with Yacob in the first half of Tottenham's 1-1 draw with the Baggies on Monday night which initially went unpunished.

The three-game suspension means that the 20-year-old's fine debut season in the top flight has been brought to a premature end, with only three fixtures left in Spurs' calender.

The star has been a revelation at White Hart Lane, contributing 10 goals and nine assists to the club's title push. and has also broken through to become a regular for Roy Hodgson's England side ahead of Euro 2016.

The PFA Young Player of the Year admitted he was "gutted" to have had his season cut short but vowed to come back stronger after acknowledging he made a mistake in the way he acted.

The midfielder tweeted: "Gutted that my season is over. Shouldn't have reacted like I did. Will learn from this and come back stronger."

Monday's incident was not the first time that Alli's lack of discipline has got him in to bother this season, with another notorious moment coming in the Europa League tie against Fiorentina when he kicked out at a defender who was on the ground.

The ban means that the next football Alli will play is likely to be in England's final two warm-up matches after the end of the season ahead of Euro 2016 in France this summer.

Rather than condemn the youngster for letting the club down, as some neutrals suggested, Tottenham fans on Twitter were quick to show their support for their new star, and urged him to learn from his mistakes and use them to become an even better player next season.

It would have been interesting to see if Spurs fans had been so forgiving were the club still seriously in the title race, but Monday's draw means that Alli's absence is unlikely to cost the North Londoners too much.

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