Ali banned for one match over his post on social media.
Ali will be banned for one match over his coronavirus stunt on social media. He will miss the Manchester United game.
Alli put a video on Snapchat at the beginning of this year, in which he joked about the outbreak and appeared to mock an Asian man. He also has been fined £50,000 and ordered to undertake an education course.
He will miss Spurs’ match at home to Manchester United on 19 June.
The offensive video showed Ali wearing a face mask in an airport lounge, before moving the camera to show a man of Asian appearance, and then zooming in on a bottle of antiseptic hand wash.
At his hearing, Alli said that he had “very quickly” realised the video may have the “potential to cause upset” and removed it before catching his flight.
Ali also stated that he had been “betrayed” by a friend who sold the video on his private account to the media.
In a released statement, Alli said: “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 that the FA has confirmed that my actions were not racist because I despise racism of any kind. We all need to be mindful of the words and actions we use and how they can be perceived by others.”
More than 41,000 people have died with coronavirus in the UK, and more than 416,000 worldwide.
How will his absence affect the United game? Personally, I don’t think it will make an enormous difference as we now have a full complement for this match. If we still had the injuries we had then his absence would have been devastating.
By Glenn Renshaw