Dele Alli charged after posting controversial coronavirus video

Tottenham star Dele Alli has been charged by the FA after posting a video on social media appearing to mock the coronavirus.

Alli has been punished after a post on Snapchat in which he joked about the outbreak and appeared to mock an Asian man, as exclusively revealed by Daily Star.

The midfielder had deleted the post before releasing a new video on Chinese social media platform Weibo to apologise.

Alli had said: "It wasn't funny and I realised that immediately and took it down. I let myself down and the club.

"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."

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However the FA have decided to charge the England star with a statement reading: “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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Coronavirus has had an impact on the sporting arena with a number of matches in Serie A having been postponed after 229 people tested positive and seven died.

Ireland’s Six Nations game with Italy in Dublin on March 7 has also been postponed while all J-League matches in Japan have been postponed until the middle of next month.

Alli’s Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho had insisted that the England ace meant no harm with his vide.

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“Of course I spoke with him about that,” Mourinho saida. “But for me it was a quite easy conversation, because he was very sorry about that thing … a mistake.

“It was never his intention to hurt, it was never his intention to offend.

“He immediately regretted and realised it was a young guy mistake, a young generation mistake.

“It was not a case of me being unhappy and him not understanding why I was unhappy.

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“He regrets and that’s the best he can show. And I think to apologise is remarkable.”

Mannchester City ace Bernardo Silva was found guilty of the same charge as Alli earlier this season after posting an offensive tweet about team-mate Benjamin Mendy.

The Portuguese ace was suspended for one game while also being fined £50,000.

He also had to undergo education with City deciding not to appeal the independent FA commission’s decision.

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