Dele Alli is hoping to avoid an FA ban for a video he made joking about the coronavirus outbreak because it was a private post.
The Tottenham star was handed a misconduct charge on Wednesday over the video and could be hit with a one-match suspension.
Alli made the video while in an airport on his way to Dubai during the winter break and cracked a joke about an Asian man and the deadly disease, as exclusively revealed by the Daily Star .
Now, according to the Evening Standard , Alli is considering an appeal so that he can give his side of the story at a personal hearing.
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The Spurs star’s case is similar to that of Manchester City ’s Bernardo Silva, who was fined £50,000 and handed a one-match ban back in November for a post on Twitter about team-mate Benjamin Mendy.
A key difference between the two situations is the fact that Alli’s post was private, while Silva’s was public.
At the time of Silva’s ban, the FA said in a statement that his tweet “was not a private communication between two friends [but a] post…on a social media platform exposed to the 600,000 followers”.
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Alli’s argument is that his video was sent to a private Snapchat group and that the FA should consider the context.
The 23-year-old captioned the initial video “Corona whattt, please listen with volume.
“This virus gunna have to be quicker than that to catch me.”
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The midfielder has since deleted the post and issued an apology on Chinese social media platform Weibo.
“It wasn't funny and I realised that immediately and took it down”, Alli said. “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.”
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