Dele Alli Apologises For Appearing To Make Controversial Coronavirus Snapchat Joke
Dele Alli has apologised to fans for posting a Snapchat video appearing to mock an Asian man in relation to the Coronavirus outbreak.
The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder posted the video on Saturday and he appeared to film a man of Asian descent with the caption of 'Corona whatttttt, please listen with volume.'
It also contained a message reading: 'This virus gunna have to be quicker than that to catch me og.'
Bernardo gets a ban for joking with his best friend but Dele Alli can do this to a stranger? pic.twitter.com/bZ4pPmvEyH
- Kai (@BlueCitizenn) February 9, 2020
The 23-year-old took to Chinese social media website Weibo to apologise for his actions.
@dele_official Dele Alli : apologises over coronavirus video.
"It isn't something that should be joked about.Sending all my love and thoughts and prayers for everyone in China."#GoodBall #Football #CoronaVirus
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- GoodBall (@GoodBall_global) February 10, 2020
"Just wanted to apologise for the video I posted on Snapchat yesterday," Alli states in the video. "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 has been in inspired form for Spurs since the arrival of Jose Mourinho in November.
He's scored six goals since the 57-year-old replaced Mauricio Pochettino and will be hoping to nail down a spot in England's Euro 2020 squad.
Meanwhile, Spurs boss Mourinho was pictured at the Bundesliga clash between RB Leipzig and Bayern Munich on Saturday evening.
Spurs take on Leipzig in the Champions League round of sixteen this month and Mourinho was keen to scout the opponent.
He told Sky Sports News:
"It's very important [attending games in person]. I can see small details. Even the warm-ups. I can see what TV and video don't give me. To see the warm-ups and to see what the players do individually.
José Mourinho at the Allianz Arena today. pic.twitter.com/aMhgslg7Y4- Archie Rhind-Tutt (@archiert1) February 9, 2020
"Some skills that sometimes during the game are hidden. It's a different intensity. It's a different experience. I couldn't miss the opportunity."
Spurs return to action on Saturday when they take on Aston Villa at Villa Park.
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