Dele Alli will finally learn his fate in the coming days relating to an FA charge of alleged discrimination bringing the game into disrepute that was initially made in February – and whether it rule him out of Tottenham’s clash with Manchester United next week.
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Dele Alli has this evening posted a public apology online, following the backlash surrounding a video posted by the Tottenham star on SnapChat.
Alli’s questionable post
In a story which had taken centre stage online over the last 24 hours, English international Alli took to his personal SnapChat account to film a clip of himself.
In the footage, the 23-year-old can be seen in an airport departure lounge, wearing a facemask.
Accompanied by the caption ‘Corona whatttttt, please listen with volume,’ Alli then pans the camera towards a man of Asian appearance, alluding to the deadly Coronavirus which has claimed the lives of over 800 people in China over recent weeks.
After this, the focus returns to a bottle of antiseptic handwash, along with another caption of ‘This virus gunna have to be quicker than that to catch me.’
The post, which was reportedly visible to friends of the Spurs man on SnapChat, had since made its way onto social media, and had led to an inevitable backlash, despite quickly being deleted.
And, as outlined above, this has since seen Alli forced to post a follow-up video, in which he provides a heartfelt apology for his actions.
In the clip, which was posted to Chinese social media platform Weibo a short time ago, Alli explains:
‘I’d like to apologise for the video I posted on snap chat yesterday.’
‘It wasn’t funny. I realised that immediately and took it down. I let myself down and the club. I don’t want you guys to have that impression of me.’
‘It isn’t something that should be joked about. Sending all my love and thoughts and prayers for everyone in China.’
Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli has issued an apology after appearing to mock an Asian man and making jokes about the ongoing deadly coronavirus outbreak.
Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho was pictured attending the top-of-the-table Bundesliga clash between Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig on Sunday.
The Portuguese will have been using his winter break to study Leipzig, who face Spurs in the last 16 of the Champions League later this month. Tottenham host their German opponents next Wednesday before the second leg takes place in March.
However, according to the Daily Mirror, Mourinho may also have been scouting Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano, who has been linked with Arsenal in the past. The newspaper says that with Jan Vertonghen likely to leave in the summer when his contract in North London expires, a new central defender may well be top of Mourinho‘s wish list.
German newspaper Bild claims that Upamecano has a £50m release clause in his contract, which has alerted Europe’s top clubs to a potential summer deal. Bayern headed into Sunday’s clash a point above Leipzig at the summit of the German top flight but a goalless draw prevented the reigning champions going four points clear. Upamecano was influential in earning his side a clean sheet with several key interceptions and blocks, although Leipzig striker Timo Werner was off colour.
After a poor first half, Werner – linked with Liverpool – had a brilliant chance to score on the break in the second period but fired wide.
The result means Bayern remain top of the table, a point above Leipzig.
In other Tottenham news, midfielder Dele Alli has apologised after uploading a video to Snapchat – which was later deleted – in which he mocked the coronavirus. The UK government has announced that the virus, which has killed 908 people in China, is now a “serious and imminent threat” to the public.
Alli said in a later post to Snapchat: “Hi guys, it’s Dele; I just wanted to apologise on my behalf for the video I posted on Snapchat yesterday.