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Dele Alli charged by FA over video mocking coronavirus crisis

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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 22: Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur warms up prior to the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Stamford Bridge on February 22, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

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Dele Alli has been charge by the Football Association over a recent Snapchat video in which the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder apparently mocked the ongoing coronavirus crisis in a manner which is also being investigated to determine whether or not it was racist in nature.

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Alli has since apologized for the video, claiming it was meant to be a private post for friends before it was leaked to the public. The video, filmed in an airport, featured Alli wearing a garment over part of his face and mouth, apparently prompted by an Asian man who could be seen in the background.

“Dele Alli has been charged with misconduct for a breach of FA Rule E3 in relation to a social media post.

“It is alleged that the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder’s post breaches FA Rule E3(1) as it was insulting and/or improper and/or brought the game into disrepute.

“It is further alleged that the post constitutes an “Aggravated Breach,” which is defined in FA Rule E3(2), as it included a reference, whether express or implied, to race and/or color and/or ethnic origin and/or nationality.

“He has until Thursday, March 5, 2020 to provide a response.

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