Dele Alli is facing a one-match ban after being charged by the FA over his controversial coronavirus video.
The charge relates to a video posted by Allion Snapchat where he made a joke about an Asian man and coronavirus while in an airport on the way to Dubai during the winter break.
The footage showed Alli wearing a face mask before zooming in on a person saying: “Corona whattt, please listen with volume.
“This virus gunna have to be quicker than that to catch me.”
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Alli later deleted the video and posted an apology, saying: “It wasn’t funny. I realised that immediately and took it down.
“I let myself down and the club.”
But Alli is now facing a one-match ban if found guilty.
An official statement from the FA confirmed: “Dele Alli has been charged with misconduct for a breach of FA Rule E3 in relation to a social media post.
“It is alleged that the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder’s post breaches FA Rule E3(1) as it was insulting and/or improper and/or brought the game into disrepute.
“It is further alleged that the post constitutes an “Aggravated Breach”, which is defined in FA Rule E3(2), as it included a reference, whether express or implied, to race and/or colour and/or ethnic origin and/or nationality.
“He has until Thursday 5 March 2020 to provide a response.”
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Man City’s Bernardo Silva was found guilty of the same charge after posting an offensive tweet about teammate Benjamin Mendy last year.
In those circumstances, Alli would receive a one-match ban and fine, while also being sent on a mandatory education course.
And it means Jose Mourinho will have to make do without another attacker after already losing Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min to long-term injuries.
Indeed, the Portuguese tactician recently claimed it would be “unnecessary” to ban Alli, explaining: “The player understands the gravity of the situation.
“The player is a good guy, the player even in the dressing room has a big Asian friend that he loves.
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“So there was no intention at all. He immediately regrets, immediately makes a public apology. I feel it is unnecessary but I am nobody.
“I think he learned the lesson immediately with the embarrassment and he didn’t need much time to realise again the childish or naivety of the situation.
“I feel unnecessary. I don’t feel we need more than that.”
This story originally appeared onThe Sunand is reproduced with permission.