Dele Alli banned over coronavirus post

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Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli has been suspended for one match by the Football Association over a post via web-based networking media about coronavirus. Alli, 24, put a video on Snapchat in February in which he kidded about the episode and seemed to ridicule an Asian man.

England universal has likewise been fined £50,000 and requested to undertake a training course. He will miss Spurs’ match at home to Manchester United on 19 June. The video posted by Alli gave him wearing a face cover in an air terminal parlor, before moving the camera to show a man of Asian appearance, and afterward focusing in on a jug of disinfectant hand wash.

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In his hearing, Alli said that he had “very quickly” realised the video may have the “potential to cause upset” and deleted it before catching his flight.

However, he said he had been “betrayed” by a friend who sold the video on his private account to the media.

In a statement, Alli said: “In response to the FA decision, I would like to apologise again for any offence caused by my behaviour.

“It was an extremely poorly judged joke about a virus that has now affected us more than we could ever have imagined.

“I’m grateful that the FA has confirmed that my actions were not racist because I despise racism of any kind. We all need to be mindful of the words and actions we use and how they can be perceived by others.”

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