Dele Alli has apologized for a video posted on his Snapchat account in which the Tottenham and England midfielder appeared to mock an Asian man and joke about the coronavirus outbreak.
Alli posted the video of him wearing a face mask in an airport departure lounge on Saturday with the message:
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“Corona whattt, please listen with volume.”
The 23-year-old then zooms the camera towards an unsuspecting man of Asian appearance before panning to a bottle of antiseptic hand wash captioned:
“This virus gunna have to be quicker than that to catch me.”
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Alli quickly deleted his video, and on Sunday expressed his remorse via a video on Chinese social media platform Weibo.
Alli admitted he had let himself and Spurs down, with the midfielder issuing a contrite statement on Sunday to apologize.
"Hi guys, it's Dele; I just wanted to apologize on my behalf for the video I posted on Snapchat yesterday," the 23-year-old said.
"It wasn't funny and I realized that immediately and took it down. I let myself down and the club.
"I don't want you to have that impression of me because it wasn't funny and I realised that straight away and took it down.
"It isn't something that should be joked about. I'm sending all my love and all my thoughts and prayers to everyone in China."
Tottenham have so far declined to comment on the story, although it is understood Alli was on his way to Dubai for a short holiday before next Sunday’s Premier League fixture against Aston Villa.
Meanwhile, netizens voiced out their disappointment. The VAR Side Spurs Podcast tweeted, “What a git. Grow up, Dele.”
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"This is extremely disappointing. Dele deserves punishment for this. twitter.com/mirrorfootball
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There have been more than 900 confirmed deaths from the outbreak in China, with the number of cases exceeding 40,000 worldwide, including four confirmed cases in the United Kingdom.
The UK has declared coronavirus a “serious and imminent threat to public health”, which gives the government additional powers to fight the outbreak. A British man who caught the virus in Singapore also appears to be linked to at least seven other confirmed cases in England, France and Spain.
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