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Tottenham’s manager, José Mourinho, is upset that Dele Alli will not be able to face Manchester United on Friday.
Mourinho has accused the football authorities of double standards over the decision to ban Alli for an ill-judged social media post about coronavirus but ignore much worse behaviour from others in the game during the pandemic.
The midfielder will miss Tottenham’s opening fixture of the Premier League restart at home to Manchester United on Friday night after a Football Association disciplinary hearing found him guilty of an “aggravated breach” of one of its rules that includes reference to race, colour or ethnicity.
Alli had posted a video to a private Snapchat group on 6 February that showed him wearing a face mask in an airport lounge.
The camera moved to show a man of Asian appearance before zooming in on a bottle of antiseptic hand-wash.
“I feel very, very sorry that Dele is not playing,” Mourinho said.
“He’s a player that works so hard during all this period and he’s really frustrated that he cannot play the first match.
‘’I don’t think he deserves a one-match ban compared with wrong behaviours at much bigger dimensions that happened during this period without any consequences.”