Report: Spurs star may face lengthy wait over potential ban


Tottenham Hotspur midfielder, Dele Alli, sparked controversy this week after he posted a joke about the coronavirus during his winter break (Mirror).

The Spurs man was seen with a mask over his mouth and the caption ‘Corona what, please listen with volume’, before panning to an Asian man.

Alli has since deleted the video and issued an apology on social media.

However, the FA are now said to be investigating the incident, with a suspension being a possible outcome if the body deem it necessary. The FA have also apparently written to the player himself to seek his own observations (Daily Mail).

The report also claims that the FA will likely consider their ruling from November 2019 that saw Bernardo Silva banned for a game and fined £50,000 after comparing teammate Mendy to a Conguitos character.

The FA statement for this ban read: “Bernardo Silva has been suspended for one first-team competitive fixture, fined £50,000 and must complete face-to-face education after admitting a breach of FA Rule E3.

“The Manchester City midfielder’s social media activity on 22 September 2019 breached FA Rule E3(1), as it was insulting and/or improper and/or brought the game into disrepute, and constituted an “Aggravated Breach”, which is defined in FA Rule E3(2), as it included reference, whether expressed or implied, to race and/or colour and/or ethnic origin.”

If the potential ban came into play immediately, then Dele would miss the trip to Aston Villa on February 16 in the Premier League.

However, Football London point out that the Silva ban took three months to be decided, thus hypothesising that Dele could face a ban next season if he is to get one at all.

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  1. Undoubtedly Dele’s actions are both foolhardy and misguided and this ill-considered behaviour has certainly raised a few eyebrows to say the least. But in all honesty I feel the present accusations of racism being bandied about are equally reckless and misleading, and deeper discussion about him being banned for his folly is extremist and reactionary in measure, I don’t for one minute condone what he has done, but I do believe this action was simply pre holiday high spirited stupidity with friends that has now come under public scrutiny because he chose to do it on social media. Though he has quickly retracted this, and offered heartfelt apologies the damage was obviously already plain, and I would hope he has not only learnt deeply from this but is bitterly regretting his idiocy! I truly hope the FA see sense here as I do not see this as a directly related football issue, and if there is a ‘punishment’ to be metered out then perhaps that would be better served by him giving time to a worthy and significant cause.


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