Dele Alli banned against Man United but available for West Ham
Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli has been banned for the upcoming Premier League match against Man United.
Spurs will host United on Friday, June 13.
Alli has been punished for a video he posted on SnapChat back in February. In it, Alli mocked an Asian man on his social media account, before the Covid-19 pandemic had truly hit England.
The FA have also confirmed that Alli tried to argue his case, however the tribunal didn’t accept his arguments. In a statement, the FA announced:
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 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.
While Dele Alli was been banned for the United game, he’ll be available for the match against West Ham.
Spurs are scheduled to face the Hammers on Tuesday, June 23.
Dele Alli has been suspended for one match with immediate effect, fined £50,000 and must undertake a face-to-face education course following a breach of FA Rule E3. Full statement: https://t.co/nXeAIIDNwi. pic.twitter.com/3PJ1dWOiso
— FA Spokesperson (@FAspokesperson) June 11, 2020
Dele Alli’s defence: the Asian man coughed
Along with their judgement, the FA have also released a 12-page transcript of what happened in the tribunal.
That includes a summary of what Dele Alli posted on SnapChat, and how the Tottenham midfielder tried to argue his innocence. The report stated:
The video first showed the player’s masked face accompanied by the words: “Corona whattttt, please listen with volume”.
The video thereafter moved to focus in on a man who was of Asian appearance sat close to the player.
The player was to maintain that the man he had filmed had been coughing, and that was why the post invited people to ‘listen with volume’. No coughing could in fact be heard on the recording.
For the record, the FA did decide “the Commission were satisfied that Dele Alli had heard the man in question coughing.”
Another key finding in the report is that Dele Alli was not labelled a racist.
Rather, the FA concluded that Alli’s video “depicted an ‘unacceptable racist stereotype’ in a misguided attempt at humour”.
‘Banter’ evidence from Kyle Walker-Peters & Harry Hickford
Tottenham fans may also be interested to learn that Kyle Walker-Peters came to Alli’s defence.
In a written statement to the FA, Walker-Peters admitted that he’d made fun of Dele Alli for all the health considerations he took went he on vacation:
Kyle Walker-Peters detailed that he thought Dele Alli was indeed overreacting by wearing a mask and that the group were engaged in ‘banter’ about it.
Dele Alli’s adoptive brother Harry Hickford also spoke in the case. However, Hickford was unable to defend Alli’s video. The report noted:
Harry Hickford, called in support of the Player’s case, detailed in his statement that the video made no sense and was not funny.
How the FA followed the Bernardo Silva precedent
It’s worth noting that the FA have no precise rules for punish these incidents which happen on social media.
However, this judgement regarding Dele Alli follows the precedent previously set against Man City’s Bernardo Silva. The Evening Standard have delved into this comparison, noting:
There are no set sanctions for improper use of social media but, in a not dissimilar case last November, Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva was banned for one match and fined £50,000 after an FA commission found he had “unquestionably” brought the game into disrepute with a tweet about team-mate Benjamin Mendy.
This article was edited by Ben Green.
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