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Dele Alli has been handed a one-game ban by the Football Association and will now miss Tottenham’s Project Restart opener against Manchester United.
Disciplinary chiefs slapped the 24-year-old with a one-match suspension and £50,000 fine.
The Tottenham star will also be required to undertake an FA educational course.
Alli posted a video showing a man of Asian descent with the caption: ‘Corona whatttttt, please listen with volume.’
In the next part of the Snapchat story, the midfielder wears a mask while appearing to feign concern. He then shows a bottle of handwash, accompanied by the caption: ‘This virus gunna have to be quicker than that to catch me.’
The England midfielder deleted the video within minutes of posting it and apologised twice, nevertheless, the FA have deemed the footage to have racial connotations.
Alli said: ‘’In response to the FA decision, I would like to apologise again for any offence caused by my actions on 6th February.
‘’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.’’