FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Dele Alli over his gesture during England’s World Cup qualifier against Slovakia.
The midfielder flicked his middle finger during his side’s 2-1 win at Wembley on Monday.
It appeared to be aimed at former Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel but there was also claims it was aimed at the referee.
But both Alli and his manager Gareth Southgate insisted it was a joke with his former Tottenham teammate Kyle Walker.
But if the 21-year-old cops a three-match ban he would miss the first game of England’s World Cup campaign in Russia next summer.
The laws of football say a player can be shown a red card if they “use offensive or insulting or abusive language and/or gestures”, so could face a ban regardless.
Shortly after the incident, the Spur’s midfielder tweeted: “Just to clarify, the gesture tonight was a joke between me and my good friend Kyle Walker!” he posted on Twitter.
“Apologies for any offence caused! Great win 2nite.”
At the time, Alli appeared to react to a challenge from Skrtel while other fans speculated that he was angry with the official.