Spurs star sends his apology after coronavirus joke backfires

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli is facing accusations of racism after uploading a video on Snapchat in which he seemed to mock an Asian man over the deadly coronavirus.

The Daily Star have reportedly obtained a copy of the video in which the Spurs star films himself wearing a face mask. He then supposedly turned the camera around and filmed a man of Asian appearance waiting in the lounge.

The 23-year-old supposedly captained the video “Corona whatttttt, please listen with ­volume’ to was was said to be Chinese accents heard in the background.”

It is revealed that he then pans his camera to a bottle of ­antiseptic handwash which is on the table in front of him. He is said to have captioned it: “This virus gunna have to be quicker than that to catch me.”

Alli has been on the receiving end of a lot of criticism on social media for the video with some suggesting that the midfielder’s gestures were racist towards Asians.

The video was shot on Thursday in a lounge at Heathrow as he waited with pals to board a flight to Dubai.

The England star has apologised for recording the video and insisted that it was never his intention to hurt anyone.

He is quoted by the Daily Star as saying:  “I regret posting the video on my Snapchat and I immediately removed it when I realised that it may cause offence.

“This was never my intention at all. For anyone that was offended, I’d like to offer my sincerest apologies.”

Spurs Web Opinion

This was certainly in poor state from Dele but it was clearly intended as a joke. Now that he has apologised for it, we should just move on from this but of course, we won’t. Online mobs and tabloids always have a field day when they catch talented young footballers with their foot in their mouth.

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