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Dele Alli to miss Tottenham match with Manchester United

Dele Alli will miss Tottenham’s return to Premier League action against Manchester United next week after the FA granted him a game suspension on a social media post.

The 24-year-old was also fined £ 50,000 and sentenced to face-to-face education following a breach of FA rule E3.

The incident involved a video posted to the player’s Snapchat account in February in which he appeared to be making fun of an Asian man and joking about the coronavirus epidemic.

“In response to the FA’s decision, I would like to apologize again for any infraction caused by my behavior,” Alli said in a statement on the club’s website.

“It was an extremely badly 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. ”

Alli removed the video and apologized in February, saying “this is not something to joke about” and that he “dropped me and the club.”

Spurs head coach Jose Mourinho defended Alli for showing “remarkable humility” in his apologies, and said that “the last thing Dele is, is anything related to racism or lack of respect ”.

“The player denied that a social media post violated FA rule E3 (1) because it was insulting and / or inappropriate and / or discredited the game, and constituted an” aggravated offense “. […] because it included a reference, express or implied, to race and / or color and / or ethnicity and / or nationality, “an FA statement said on Thursday.

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Dele Alli apologized for posting a social media video in which he appeared to shed light on the deadly coronavirus epidemic in progress

Dele Alli apologized for posting a social media video in which he appeared to shed light on the deadly coronavirus epidemic in progress

“However, it was later proven by an independent regulatory commission. ”

At a video hearing on Monday, the FA argued that Alli deliberately targeted a man because of his Asian appearance, which corresponds to a racial stereotype of Asians linked to the coronavirus, but Alli argued that the joke was directed against himself and that the man’s ethnicity was “not relevant”. “.

The Commission agreed with the FA in its assessment that Alli’s video was not racist, but it was shared “without sufficient thought” and contained an “unacceptable racist stereotype” in an attempt to make a false humor.

The material complained of was judged to be “more the product of poorly judged spontaneous stupidity than any sense of malicious intent.”

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Jose Mourinho congratulated midfielder Tottenham Dele Alli for apology after posting controversial joke about coronavirus

Jose Mourinho congratulated midfielder Tottenham Dele Alli for apology after posting controversial joke about coronavirus

FA guidelines for media comment and social media posting remind participants that it will consider a fee under rule E3 if it is believed that someone has acted inappropriately or discredited the game .

Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva was fined a match and fined £ 50,000 by the FA in November for “aggravated violation” of the regulations following a controversial tweet to teammate Benjamin Mendy, while Liverpool teenager Harvey Elliott received a 14-day ban in October for a Snapchat post supposed to contain a reference to a disability.

Alli will miss Tottenham’s first game when the Premier League resumes as Jose Mourinho’s team face Manchester United on Friday 19 June, live on Sky Sports.

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