Dele Alli will miss Tottenham Hotspur’s clash with Manchester United after being slapped with a one-game ban. Alli won’t be a part of Jose Mourinho’s squad to face Champions League rivals United after being hit with a misconduct charge in February.
The 24-year-old’s appeal was heard by a three-person independent commission and they slapped him with a £50,000 fine as well as a ban.
Alli landed himself in hot water after posting a video on his Snapchat account in which he appeared to mock a man of Asian appearance amid the coronavirus outbreak. At that stage the pandemic was largely confined to Asia.
He will only miss the Manchester United clash next Friday night but can return for the London derby at home to West Ham on June 23. Alli apologised for his actions at the time, saying:’It wasn’t funny and I realised that immediately and took it down. I let myself down and the club.
‘It isn’t something that should be joked about. I’m sending all my love and all my thoughts and prayers to everyone in China.’Jose Mourinho, manager of Tottenham Hotspur shakes hands with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, manager of Manchester United
While Mourinho will be without Alli, he should have Son Heung-min and Harry Kane to call upon – both of whom were injured before the Premier League was suspended in March.
A statement from the FA read: ‘Dele Alli has been suspended for one match with immediate effect, fined £50,000 and must undertake an education course following a breach of FA Rule E3.
‘The Tottenham Hotspur 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.
‘However, it was subsequently found proven by an independent Regulatory Commission.’