Eric Dier has issued a defence of Tottenham teammate Dele Alli, saying he is “not a malicious player”.
Alli has come in for criticism throughout his career after a number of high-profile incidents with fellow players.
He was banned for elbowing West Brom midfielder Claudio Yacob and also suspended for a terrible tackle on Brecht Dejaegere.
The 21-year-old’s temperament has again been questioned after Tottenham’s 4-1 defeat to Manchester City however, with the England international stamping on Kevin de Bruyne shortly before the Belgian scored.
But Dier has stood up for his teammate and friend, both of whom were in our top ten worst top six players of the season, saying that it is simply part and parcel of the game.
“Dele is not a malicious player. He’s made a tackle, the referee made a decision, gave him a yellow card and that’s that really,” he said.
“You know, it’s football. The speed at which it is played there are going to be bad tackles, there are going to be good tackles and that’s football.”