Alli posted a video on snapchat where he appeared to mock an Asian man and made jokes about the coronavirus. The Spurs midfielder was wearing a facemask in an airport ahead of a short vacation during their winter break when he posted the video, which was quickly deleted.
Chinese accents were heard in the video before Alli looked at the camera towards an unsuspecting man of Asian appearance, then panned to a bottle of antiseptic hand wash, which was captioned: “This virus gunna have to be quicker than that to catch me.”
The Premier League star posted this apology on Chinese social media platform Weibo.
“I’d like to apologise for the video I posted on Snapchat yesterday,” Alli said. “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.”