Dele Alli will play no part as Tottenham host Manchester United this evening. The Spurs midfielder was handed a ban and a fine by the Football Association earlier this month.
Why is Dele Alli not playing against Man Utd?
Alli was handed a one-game by the FA for posting a video mocking the coronavirus.
The 24-year-old posted the clip on Snapchat in early February, before the pandemic took hold, where he appeared to make fun of an Asian man in an airport before promptly deleting the post.
He also received a £50,000 fine and was required to attend an educational course.
An FA statement read: “Dele Alli has been suspended for one match with immediate effect, fined £50,000 and must undertake a face-to-face education course following a breach of FA Rule E3.
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“The Tottenham Hotspur FC player denied that a social media post breached FA Rule E3(1), as it was insulting and/or improper and/or brought the game into disrepute, and constituted 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.
“However, it was subsequently found proven by an independent Regulatory Commission.”
Alli promptly issued an apology in a video released on the Chinese social media platform Weibo.
He said: “I’d like to apologise for the video I posted on Snapchat.
“It wasn’t funny. I realised that immediately and took it down. I let myself down and the club.
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“I don’t want you guys to have that impression of me.
“Sending all my love and thoughts and prayers for everyone in China.”
Earlier this month, Alli said he was “betrayed” by a friend who sold the private Snapchat video to a national newspaper.
The Tottenham star insisted at the hearing he zoomed in on the Asian man because he was coughing rather than because of his race.
The three-man regulatory commission decided Alli was making an obvious connection between an Asian man and the coronavirus and had used an “unacceptable racist stereotype” in a misguided attempt at humour but ruled it did not think he was a racist and that he was telling the truth.
“The player explained that he decided to delete the video before he boarded his flight to Dubai,” an FA statement read.
“It was the following day that he became aware that he had, in his words, been ‘betrayed’ by someone on his Snapchat group and the post had been given to the media.
“An apology was made in which the player detailed that he had ‘let himself down’, but it was the player’s evidence to the commission that he did not regard the content of the video to be of a kind to ‘cross the line’ into conduct answerable under Rule E3, in particular as the video, in his opinion, ‘had nothing to do with the ethnicity of the man’.”
Alli later told Spurs’ website: “In response to the FA decision I would like to apologise again for any offence caused by my behaviour.
“It was an extremely poorly judged joke about a virus that has now affected us more than we could ever have imagined.
“I’m grateful the FA has confirmed that my actions were not racist because I despise racism of any kind.
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“We all need to be mindful of the words and actions we use and how they can be perceived by others.”
Alli is unlucky to be suspended for the Premier League clash with United, according to his manager Jose Mourinho.
The Tottenham boss says other players have got away with worse behaviour.
“I can only tell you I feel very sorry that Dele is not playing. Again, I feel very, very sorry that he’s not playing,” said Mourinho.
“He’s a player that works so, so hard during all this period and he’s really frustrated that he cannot play the first match.
“I don’t want to say much more than I don’t think he deserves a one-match ban compared with wrong behaviours at much bigger dimensions that happened during this period without any consequences.”
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