FA contact Tottenham star Dele Alli after mocking social media video

Date published: Monday 10th February 2020 10:07


The Football Association have contacted Tottenham midfielder in an effort to seek explanation regarding a video the 23-year-old posted recently that appeared to mock the seriousness of the coronavirus outbreak.

Many Spurs stars are currently overseas as part of the Premier League’s staggered winter break, and Alli posted the snapchat video that joked about the outbreak and appeared to mock an unassuming Asian man in the background on Saturday.

Several of what appeared to be Chinese accents were heard in the background, with the England midfielder quickly deleting the video after criticism soon arose.

Alli expressed his regret over the video on Sunday via the Chinese social media platform Weibo.

“Hi guys, it’s Dele; I just wanted to apologise on my behalf for the video I posted on Snapchat yesterday,” he said.

“It wasn’t funny and I realised that immediately and took it down. I let myself down and the club.

“I don’t want you to have that impression of me because it wasn’t funny and I realised that straight away and took it down.

“It isn’t something that should be joked about. I’m sending all my love and all my thoughts and prayers to everyone in China.”

The FA’s guidelines around media comments and social media posts remind participants that it will consider charges under Rule E3 if it is felt that someone has acted in an improper manner or brings the game into disrepute.

It would be considered an aggravated breach if a comment or social media post, whether explicitly or implicitly, makes reference to ethnic origin, colour, race, nationality, religion or belief, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation or disability.

The coronavirus has so far claimed the lives of over 900 people in mainland China, according to official figures.

Meanwhile, ex-Spurs playmaker Christian Eriksen indirectly took a dig at the Premier League when describing his new side Inter Milan’s terrific comeback 4-2 victory over neighbours AC Milan on Sunday night.


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