Dele Alli will tell the Football Association that his Coronavirus video for which he received a charge was a misguided joke rather than racist.
In the video, which Dele uploaded to Snapchat three weeks ago, the 23-year-old is seen wearing a face mask and appears to joke about contracting the coronavirus before panning the camera to a man of Asian appearance (Daily Star).
The video then turned to a bottle of antiseptic hand wash, which was captioned: “This virus gunna (sic) have to be quicker than that to catch me.” (Sky Sports).
He hastily deleted the video and posted an apology on the Chinese platform Weibo.
The Tottenham star has been on the receiving end of criticism on social media for the video with some alleging that his actions were racist.
It reported on Wednesday FA had charged the midfielder with misconduct for a breach of FA Rule E3 and that he will have until March 5 to respond to the charge (Sky Sports).
It was revealed that he could be facing a one-match suspension, a prospect that some Spurs fans were horrified by with Harry Kane and Son Heung-min already out of action.
The Daily Mail reports that the 23-year-old will tell the FA that the video was not intentionally racist and rather a misguided joke.
It is claimed that determining whether the video was racist will be key factor in deciding the level of punishment to be handed out to the former MK Dons player.
Spurs Web Opinion
Let’s hope that he’s let off with a warning on this occasion as it is clear that he did mean it as a joke. However, it was incredibly foolish and naive of Dele to think he could get away with something like that. Hopefully, he will learn from this and be more careful in the future.
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