Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli has taken to social media to apologise for any grievance he may have caused through his ill-thought-out Snapchat video back in February.
Back when community transmission of COVID-19 was mainly restricted to Asia, the midfielder seemed to mock a man of Asian appearance on a video he uploaded to his personal Snapchat (Daily Star).
However, the video was then leaked and the midfielder was subsequently charged by the FA with discrimination and bringing the game into disrepute (Sky Sports).
Following an Independent Regulatory Hearing, the FA confirmed today that the midfielder has been suspended for one competitive match, as well as being fined £50,000 and made to complete a face-to-face education course.
The 24-year-old will thus not be available for selection ahead of Tottenham’s first game back against Manchester United next Friday.
The England international has now insisted that his actions back in February were not intended to be racist and vowed to be more mindful of his words and actions in the future.
— Dele (@dele_official) June 11, 2020
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While Dele’s actions were poorly thought out, it was clear that he intended it as a joke and that the video was not motivated by racist views. Hopefully, he will learn from his mistake and be more careful with how he uses social media in the future.
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