Dele Alli Banned For Manchester United Clash For Mocking Coronavirus
Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli has been banned for Tottenham's Premier League clash against Manchester United on June 19 for mocking Coronavirus.
The England star posted a video on Snapchat in February from Heathrow Airport while waiting for a flight to Dubai with a face mask on, seemingly suggesting an Asian man in the terminal could be infected with the virus.
The midfielder turned the camera to the man and then to a bottle of hand sanitiser, adding the caption: “The virus gunna have to be faster than that to catch me”.
The FA confirmed on Thursday that Alli has been fined, banned for one match, and will have to undergo a re-education course.
Their statement read: "Dele Alli has been suspended for one match with immediate effect, fined £50,000 and must undertake an education course following a breach of FA Rule E3.
"The Tottenham Hotspur player denied that a social media post 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 a reference, whether express or implied, to race and/or colour and/or ethnic origin and/or nationality.
"However, it was subsequently found proven by an Independent Regulatory Commission."
The FA said they accepted that Alli had not meant to be racist, however, the nature of the video meant it was inevitable that people would find it offensive, and that Alli had picked on the man to film him because of a racial stereotype.