Spurs blow as three-game ban ends Alli's season
Dele Alli will miss the rest of Tottenham's Premier League title challenge after being suspended for three games for punching West Brom midfielder Claudio Yacob.
England midfielder Alli had attempted to avoid a three-match ban by claiming, after accepting a charge of violent conduct, that such a suspension would be 'clearly excessive'.
The 20-year-old, who was crowned the PFA Young Player of the Year last Sunday, was charged by the English Football Association on Tuesday following his off-the-ball clash with Yacob during Monday's 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane.
He will miss Tottenham's remaining league games against Chelsea, Southampton and Newcastle United.
His next competitive outing is likely to be England's Euro 2016 opener against Russia in Marseille on June 11, although he will be eligible to play for Roy Hodgson's team in the forthcoming warm-up fixtures against Turkey, Australia and Portugal.
Shels move kick-off before light goes out
The FAI have confirmed that a number of Shelbourne’s home fixtures will be rearranged as the club try to solve the problem with their floodlights at Tolka Park.
Two years ago, Shels’ FAI Cup replay with St Patrick’s Athletic had to be called off as the floodlights failed and they will now undergo “essential maintenance”.
Shels’ league clash against Athlone Town tonight will kick off at the earlier time of 6.45 while their EA Sports Cup quarter-final with Shamrock Rovers on May 2 will now start at 5.0 and not 7.0 as originally scheduled.
Meanwhile, Bray Wanderers’ home game against Rovers has been moved to Friday, July 29 at 7.45.