Former Leeds United defender, Danny Mills, has claimed that the punishment offered to Dele Alli by the FA this month was excessive.

The 24-year-old uploaded a video on his personal Snapchat back in February in which he appeared to mock a man of Asian origin over the spread of COVID-19 (Daily Star).

Following an Independent Regulatory Hearing, it was confirmed last Thursday that the midfielder has been suspended for the match against Manchester United, as well as being fined £50,000 and asked to attend an educational course.

According to the commission’s report, the England international insisted that he only filmed the man as he was coughing rather than the fact that he came from any particular ethnic background (Football.London).

While the court is said to have acknowledged that Alli was not racist, they ruled that the post “was open to the interpretation that the creator was seeking to observe that there was a link as between the man of Asian appearance and coronavirus.”

Mills believes that, since it was clearly a case of a joke gone wrong, the Spurs star could have been let off with either a fine or a one-match ban instead of being hit with both.

Reacting to the news, the former left-back told Football Insider: “It was a joke that went wrong. Does it even warrant a game ban? I do not know.

“In the current climate that we are in, we just see madness from time to time with what is happening in the world at the moment.

“If it had just been a fine, OK. If it was just a one-match ban, OK. It is what it is now, take it on the chin and move on.”

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It is true that we are living in a particularly sensitive time when it comes to racial issues and that may have potentially played a role in the harshness of Alli’s sentencing. Hopefully, the midfielder sees the experience as a moment of learning and thinks twice before sharing personal content on social media.

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