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Tottenham's fading title hopes have been dealt a massive blow after midfielder Dele Alli received a three-match ban for violent conduct.
The FA ban, which came after Alli appeared to punch West Brom's Claudio Yacob in last Monday's 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane, means that the influential 20-year-old will not play again this season.
It marks a sad end to a campaign that has seen Alli take the Premier League by storm this season as well as breaking into the England squad and winning the PFA Young Player of the Year Award.
Alli accepted the FA charge but claimed that a three-match ban would be an excessive punishment.
However, his plea was dismissed which rules him out of Tottenham's remaining games.
"Dele Alli will serve a three-match suspension with immediate effect after he committed an act of violent conduct which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video," an FA statement said.
"The player accepted The FA's charge but contested that the automatic penalty of a three-match suspension would be 'clearly excessive'.
"This claim, however, was rejected following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today [Thursday 28 April 2016]."
By: Kieran O'Daly