The Football Association have written to Dele Alli seeking ‘his observations’ regarding the video the Spurs midfielder posted to Snapchat in which he appeared to joke about the coronavirus.
In the video, Dele who is seen wearing a face mask appears to joke about contracting the coronavirus before panning the camera to a man of Asian appearance (Daily Star).
Over 900 people have lost their lives after contracting with the overwhelming majority of those deaths occurring in Wuhan, China (New York Times).
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.
Dele posted another video on the Chinese social media platform Weibo on Sunday apologising for his actions.
Sky Sports now reports that the Football Association have sought the England international’s response to the video.
It is revealed that players could be charged with under Rule E3 if they are found to have acted in an improper manner or bought the game into disrepute.
Making a comment with reference to ethnic origin, colour, race, nationality, religion or belief, gender, gender reassignment, sexual orientation or disability would be considered an aggravated breach.
Spurs Web Opinion
Dele should really know better than to engage in such behaviour. However, he has apologised for his actions and I’m sure he’s learned his lesson. The FA shouldn’t charge him for this as he clearly meant the video as a joke even though it wasn’t a very well thought out one.
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