Dele Alli has this evening posted a public apology online, following the backlash surrounding a video posted by the Tottenham star on SnapChat.
Alli’s questionable post
In a story which had taken centre stage online over the last 24 hours, English international Alli took to his personal SnapChat account to film a clip of himself.
In the footage, the 23-year-old can 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 over 800 people in China over recent weeks.
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.
And, as outlined above, this has since seen Alli forced to post a follow-up video, in which he provides a heartfelt apology for his actions.
In the clip, which was posted to Chinese social media platform Weibo a short time ago, Alli explains:
‘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.’
Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli has issued an apology after appearing to mock an Asian man and making jokes about the ongoing deadly coronavirus outbreak.
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