Alli posted a video on Snapchat in early February, before the pandemic took hold, making fun of an Asian man in an airport. He later deleted the post, saying the matter “isn’t something that should be joked about” and that he “let myself down and the club.”
He was later charged by the FA on February 26 with misconduct and his case has finally been heard, with the FA handing out a one-game suspension. Dele Alli will now miss Tottenham’s clash with Manchester United next week.
The FA Commission found that Alli’s post was not racially motivated, but rather a “poorly judged attempt” at what the Tottenham midfielder then believed to be a “humorous joke”.
A statement by the FA read: “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.
By Muyiwa Aguda