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EPL: Dele Alli suspended for one month by FA

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As the Premier league set to return, Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli has been suspended for one match by the Football Association (FA).

According to FA, the suspensions was over a post made by the midfielder on social media about the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 24-year-old posted a video on Snapchat in February in which he joked about the outbreak and also appeared to have mocked an Asian man.

The England international has also been fined £50,000 by the Football Association and was ordered to under take an education course.

However, that means he will miss Tottenham’s match at home to Manchester United on June 19.

Alli said: “In response to the FA decision, I would like to apologise again for any offence caused by my behaviour.

“It was an extremely poorly judged joke about a virus that has now affected us more than we could ever have imagined.

“I’m grateful that The FA has confirmed that my actions were not racist because I despise racism of any kind. We all need to be mindful of the words and actions we use and how they can be perceived by others.”

More than 41,000 people lost their lives to coronavirus in the UK, and more than 416,000 worldwide.

In a statement, the FA said: “The Tottenham Hotspur FC 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.”

Yusuf Luka, is a journalist by profession with few years of experience, I am also a graduate of Bingham University. Outside of work, I enjoy hiking with friends, Reading books, and Watching movies. Let's connect on social media.

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