As per a report from the Guardian, Dele Alli faces a potential 1-game ban, after the FA opened an investigation into the Spurs star’s controversial recent social media activity.
Alli’s questionable post
In a story which took centre stage online over the weekend, 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.
‘Let myself down’
Alli has since been 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 to face ban?
As per the aforementioned report from the Guardian, however, Alli’s actions nevertheless appear to have landed him in hot water with the FA.
English football’s governing body have opened a formal investigation into the 23-year-old’s original Snapchat post.
They have also written to Alli to ask for the midfielder’s own thoughts on the situation.
According to the Guardian:
‘Alli is being investigated for an infringement of the FA’s rule E3(1) which prohibits players from creating social media posts considered “improper” or which bring the game into disrepute.’
If found guilty of breaching this rule, Alli could well face the same punishment as the one handed down to Manchester City star Bernardo Silva earlier this season, following the Portuguese international’s Tweet poking fun at teammate Benjamin Mendy.
Such a sanction would see Alli fined £50,000, banned for one game, and forced to attend an awareness course.