Dele Alli charged by FA over video mocking coronavirus crisis

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Dele Alli has been charge by the Football Association over a recent Snapchat video in which the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder apparently mocked the ongoing coronavirus crisis in a manner which is also being investigated to determine whether or not it was racist in nature.

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Alli has since apologized for the video, claiming it was meant to be a private post for friends before it was leaked to the public. The video, filmed in an airport, featured Alli wearing a garment over part of his face and mouth, apparently prompted by an Asian man who could be seen in the background.

“Dele Alli has been charged with misconduct for a breach of FA Rule E3 in relation to a social media post.

“It is alleged that the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder’s post breaches FA Rule E3(1) as it was insulting and/or improper and/or brought the game into disrepute.

“It is further alleged that the post constitutes an “Aggravated Breach,” which is defined in FA Rule E3(2), as it included a reference, whether express or implied, to race and/or color and/or ethnic origin and/or nationality.

“He has until Thursday, March 5, 2020 to provide a response.