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Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli reacts during his team's match against West Brom in the Premier League on April 25.Reuters

Update: Dele Alli has been awarded with a three-match ban by the English FA and the player will miss the remainder of the season for Tottenham Hotspur. The 20-year-midfielder had admitted guilty of punching West Brom midfielder Claudio Yacob during their Premier League game on April 25.

"The player accepted The FA's charge but contested that the automatic penalty of a three-match suspension would be 'clearly excessive'," the FA mentioned in a statement. "This claim, however, was rejected following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today [Thursday 28 April 2016]."

Original story: Tottenham Hotspur star midfielder Dele Alli could be handed a season-long suspension after the 20-year-old admitted an English FA charge of violent conduct on Thursday. Only last Sunday was Alli named the PFA Young Player of the Year .

The versatile midfielder, who featured for the England national football in two consecutive international friendlies against Germany and the Netherlands in March, was seen punching West Brom midfielder Claudio Yacob in the stomach during Spurs' Premier League game at the White Hart Lane on Monday.

Although the on-field incident was missed by the referee, who also didn't mention about it in his report, the action was caught by television cameras. If an off-the-ball incident is missed by any official during the match, a panel of three former elite referees monitors the video footage before deciding on the sanctions.

This incident could likely bring about a three-match ban for Alli, according to the BBC.

"Sometimes the opponents find him [Dele Alli] and try to provoke. They know he has a strong character and may react," Tottenham Hotspur coach Mauricio Pochettino had said after the match.

Spurs, incidentally, also have only three games left in the Premier League this season. Their 1-1 draw against West Brom on Monday gave a major blow to their title hopes as EPL leaders Leicester are now just three points away from lifting the title and making history.

If Claudio Ranieri's side defeat Manchester United at the Old Trafford this weekend, Leicester win the Premier League title.

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