Tottenham star Dele Alli is reportedly hopeful of avoiding a domestic ban, despite being hit with a misconduct charge by the FA.
Alli’s questionable post
In a story which took centre stage online earlier this month, English international Alli took to SnapChat to film a clip of himself.
In the footage, the 23-year-old could be seen in an airport departure lounge, wearing a facemask.
Accompanied by the caption ‘Corona whatttttt, please listen with volume,’ Alli then pans the camera towards a man of Asian appearance, alluding to the deadly Coronavirus which has claimed the lives of almost 3000 people worldwide.
After this, the focus returns to a bottle of antiseptic handwash, along with another caption of ‘This virus gunna have to be quicker than that to catch me.’
The post, which was reportedly visible to friends of the Spurs man on SnapChat, had since made its way onto social media, and had led to an inevitable backlash, despite quickly being deleted.
‘Let myself down’
Alli was subsequently forced to issue a public apology for his actions, in a clip posted to Chinese social media platform Weibo:
‘I’d like to apologise for the video I posted on snap chat yesterday.’
‘It wasn’t funny. I realised that immediately and took it down. I let myself down and the club. I don’t want you guys to have that impression of me.’
‘It isn’t something that should be joked about. Sending all my love and thoughts and prayers for everyone in China.’
Alli hopeful of avoiding ban
The 23-year-old’s apology, however, has not proved sufficient in helping Alli to avoid an FA sanction.
An official statement on the part of English football’s governing body earlier today confirmed that the Spurs star has been charged with misconduct for an aggravated breach of FA Rule E3:
‘It is alleged that his 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 colour and/or ethnic origin and/or nationality.’
Quotes via the BBC
But, as per a report from the Evening Standard, Alli remains hopeful that his charge will not result in a playing ban.
This is based on the fact that the footage of the midfielder was actually originally posted to a private Snapchat group, before being leaked without his knowledge.
According to the reliable Dan Kilpatrick:
‘Alli believes his case is different to that of Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva — who was fined £50,000 and banned for one match in November for a tweet about team-mate Benjamin Mendy — because he posted the video to a private Snapchat group, rather than on a public forum.’