Dele Alli accused of filming racist video mocking Asian man, coronavirus

Dele Alli pictured in action for England at the 2018 World Cup [Photo: Getty]

England and Tottenham football star Dele Alli is facing accusations of "racism" after appearing to mock an Asian man over the deadly coronavirus crisis.

Alli, a 37-cap Three Lions international who earns £100,000-a-week at Spurs, allegedly sent offensive videos to his friends on social media app Snapchat.

The clips were said to have been shot on Thursday at a Heathrow Airport lounge as the footballer prepared to travel to Dubai, where he has jetted off for a short holiday with pals as Tottenham are currently on their winter break.

The 23-year-old on Saturday night offered his "sincerest apologies" and insisted it was “never my intention” to offend anyone.

In the video, which has been obtained by The Daily Star, Alli films himself wearing a face mask and captioned the clip: “Corona whatttttt, please listen with volume.”

A group of what are believed to be Chinese accents can be heard in the background before Alli turned the camera towards an unsuspecting man of Asian appearance.

Alli, unbeknown to the male, then zooms in on the man who is on his phone and unaware he is being filmed by the Spurs superstar.

The video then pans to a bottle of antiseptic handwash, which was captioned: "This virus gonna have to be quicker than that to catch me.”

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The video sparked outrage [Photo: Daily Star]

The video sparked outrage, with one source telling the Daily Star: “It is wholly inappropriate to be filming this man and making jokes about the coronavirus.

"People are dying all over the world. Is this sort of racism just fanning the flames?”

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The shocking incident comes after a Chinese student in Sheffield was reportedly pushed and abused for wearing a face mask this week.

Worryingly, there has been a reported rise in racist marks and attitudes towards any Asian people since the coronavirus outbreak emerged.

Following the incident in Sheffield, South Yorkshire Police said it was “liaising with both universities and representatives from the Chinese community in the city to offer reassurance and establish further details”.

On Saturday night, Alli issued an apology and said: “I regret posting the video on my Snapchat and I immediately removed it when I realised that it may cause offence.

“This was never my intention at all. For anyone that was offended, I’d like to offer my sincerest apologies.”

The death toll in the coronavirus outbreak in mainland China rose to 722 on Saturday, while new cases jumped to 34,546.

The Department of Health and Social Care said that 620 people in the UK have been tested for coronavirus as of 2 pm on Friday, with three cases confirmed.


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