Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli has been suspended for a game by the Football Association for posting an article on coronaviruses on social media.
Alli, 24, posted a Snapchat video in February in which he joked about the epidemic and appeared to be making fun of an Asian man.
The English international was also fined £ 50,000 and ordered to attend an education course.
He will miss Tottenham’s home game against Manchester United on June 19.
Alli said, “In response to the FA’s decision, I would like to apologize again for any offense caused by my behavior.
“It was an extremely ill-judged joke about a virus that affects us more than we could ever have imagined.
“I am grateful to the FA for confirming that my actions were not racist because I despise racism of all kinds. We all need to be aware of the words and actions we use and how they can be perceived by others. ”
More than 41,000 people have died from coronaviruses in the UK and more than 416,000 worldwide.
In a statement, the FA said, “The Tottenham Hotspur FC player denied that a social media post violated FA rule E3 (1) because it was insulting and / or inappropriate and / or misleading the game in discredit, and constituted an “aggravated”. Violation “, which is defined in FA rule E3 (2) because it included a reference, express or implied, to race and / or color and / or ethnicity and / or nationality .
“However, it was later proven by an independent regulatory commission. “