Tottenham forward Dele Alli has been hit with a misconduct charge by the FA for a post about the deadly coronavirus outbreak, as Jose Mourinho’s attacking crisis looks set to get even worse.
In a video on Snapchat, Alli filmed himself wearing a face mask in an airport departure lounge accompanied by the message, ‘Corona whatttt’, and then panned the camera around to focus on a random Asian man.
He then posted a shot of a bottle of hand sanitiser with the captain: ‘This virus gunna have to be quicker than that to catch me’.
China, where the outbreak began, has reported 78,064 cases and 2,715 deaths from coronavirus, which has started to sweep across Europe.
If found guilty of misconduct, the Spurs attacker could face a hefty suspension, and Tottenham are already without a number of key forwards.
It would follow a precedent set by Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva, who was banned for one match and fined £50,000 last November, for his tweet likening teammate Benjamin Mendy to the character on a packet of Conguitos – a chocolate brand available in Spain and Portugal.
Harry Kane and Heung-min Son are out for the foreseeable future due to injury as Spurs face an uphill battle to qualify for next season’s Champions league.
Alli later deleted his post and apologised in a video on the Chinese social media platform Weibo on Sunday, admitting it was not funny and saying: “I’ve let myself down, and the club.”
Speaking on talkSPORT’s White and Shawyer show, Simon Jordan accused the Tottenham forward of stupidity over his post.
The former Crystal Palace chairman said: “Dele Alli thinking a subject matter which is causing great consternation and has basically shut down a country and putting that up as a joke is just pure and utter self-indulgence, ignorance and stupidity.”