Dele Alli suspended for Spurs game with United due to COVID-19 post

Dele Alli suspended for Spurs game with United due to COVID-19 post

- Dele Alli will not be available for Tottenham when they take on Man United

- The Englishman posted an offensive video of coronavirus on Snapchat but apologized immediately after taking it down

- The FA have released a statement of a one-match ban and a £50,000 fine

Dele Alli has been handed a one-match ban and fined £50,000 for an offensive social media post, the English FA announced.

The Tottenham midfielder posted a video on Snapchat before the pandemic in February and making fun of an Asian man in an airport before quickly deleting it and apologizing.

The England international not be available for Spurs home game to rivals Manchester United and must also attend a face-to-face education course.

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An FA statement said: “The Tottenham Hotspur FC 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.”

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Alli posted a video showing wearing a face mask in an airport departure lounge and had the title: “Corona whattt, please listen with volume.”

Then an Asian was shown appearaning before panning to a bottle of antiseptic hand wash, underneath which appeared the caption: “This virus gunna have to be quicker than that to catch me.”

Alli said on Thursday: “In response to the FA decision, I would like to apologise again for any offence caused by my behaviour. It was an extremely poorly judged joke about a virus that has now affected us more than we could ever have imagined. I’m grateful that the FA has confirmed that my actions were not racist. We all need to be mindful of the words and actions we use and how they can be perceived by others.”

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Chelsea are gearing up for their return to action in the Premier League following a 1-0 win over Championship side Reading in a warm-up friendly.

With a week-and-half left to play their remaining matches in the top-flight division, Frank Lampard's side defeated the second-tier club with a lone goal coming from Pedro Rodriguez.

N'golo Kante returned to the team after initially refusing to train due to the spread of coronavirus and the likes of Christian Pulisic, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Billy Gilmour were also on parade.

Olivier Giroud, Tammy Abraham, Ceasar Azpilicueta, Willian, Matteo Kovacic and Emerson were also in action in the warm-up game.

Chelsea's loanee Matt Miazga featured for the opposing team while former Stamford Bridge bred John Swift was also in Reading's ranks.

Lampard's side are in strong contention for a top-four finish in the current campaign but will have to face stiff competition from London rivals Tottenham and Manchester United.

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