Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli has been suspended for one match and handed a £50,000 fine for mocking Covid-19 back in February.
That means the 24-year-old will miss the first fixture back from the coronavirus postponements against Manchester United next Friday, while he will also have to undergo an education course.
The England international posted a Snapchat video to his story while at an airport which showed an Asian man in a departure lounge, alongside the caption: “Corona whatttt, please listen with volume.”
The FA released the following statement: “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 FC player had 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.
Alli released an apology shortly after the incident, admitting he’d let himself and Tottenham down, and sending his support to those in China, where the initial coronavirus outbreak was.
“I just wanted to apologise on my behalf for the video I posted on Snapchat yesterday. It wasn’t funny and I realised that immediately and took it down,” 23-year-old Alli wrote on the Chinese social media site Weibo.