Virus jest ends in own goal

Central Station | 11 Feb 2020

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli has apologized for a video posted on his Snapchat account in which he appeared to mock an Asian man over the coronavirus outbreak.

The virus in China has killed more than 900 people, with more than 40,000 infected.

Alli, who has been on holiday while Spurs are on their winter break, posted the video of him wearing a face mask in an airport lounge with the message "Corona whattt, please listen with volume." He then zooms the camera toward a man of Asian appearance before panning to a bottle of antiseptic handwash with the video caption reading: "This virus gunna have to be quicker than that to catch me."

The post was subsequently removed and Alli later apologized on social platform Weibo.

"It wasn't funny. I realized that immediately and took it down," he said. "I let myself down and the club. I don't want you guys to have that impression of me."

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