Former Tottenham Hotspurs manager Harry Redknapp has slammed the club’s star midfielder Dele Alli following his red card during his side’s 2-2 draw against Belgian side Gent in their UEFA Europa League (UEL) second leg clash at the Wembley Stadium,leading to the North London side’s exit from the competition after a 3-2 aggregate loss.
Dele Alli was sent off six minutes from time after his horror challenge on Brecht Dejaegere prompting Redknapp to call out the former MK Dons midfielder adding that his tackle could have possibly ended the career of his opponent.
And former Spurs boss, now TV pundit, Harry Redknapp blasted hothead Alli.
“He could have snapped the lad’s leg and that could have been the end of him. A shocking challenge, absolutely no excuse.”
“He’s got to cut that out of his game. He’s got that streak in him. I rave about the boy but that tackle is horrendous.”
Alli’s challenge was also criticised by former Tottenham midfielder and manager Glenn Hoddle.
“It’s undefendable,” Hoddle said. “You can’t defend that. It was a reaction, a poor reaction to losing the ball, not getting the foul. You can’t do that on a football pitch. Not nowadays.”
His European ban as a result of the challenge would, however, be transferred to next season if Tottenham qualifies for Europe again due to their elimination from all European club competitions this season. He is however expected to feature for the club’s league game against Stoke City on Sunday as they attempt to chase down leaders Chelsea in the race for the English Premier League