Tottenham and England footballer, Dele Alli, has issued a public apology after making a joke about coronavirus outbreak as he mocked an Asian man.
Over the weekend, the 23-year-old midfielder posted a video on Snapchat, where he appeared to film a man of Asian descent, along with the caption ‘Corona whatttttt, please listen with volume.’
In the video, Alli could be seen wearing a mask with a look of concern on his face.
The next part of the Snapchat story showed a bottle of handwash, accompanied by the caption: ‘This virus gunna have to be quicker than that to catch me og.’
The video sparked outrage, with several people condemning his behavior as they branded him a racist.
He later took to Chinese social media site Weibo, to post an apology video for his action.
Just wanted to apologise for the video I posted on Snapchat yesterday,’ Alli said in the video. ‘It wasn’t funny. I realised that immediately and took it down.
‘I let myself down and the club. I don’t want you guys to have that impression of me.
‘It isn’t something that should be joked about. Sending all my love and thoughts and prayers for everyone in China.’