Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has pleaded with the Football Association not to ban Dele Alli because of his controversial social media post about the coronavirus.
The Spurs star apologised after he posted a video suggesting a man near him had the disease. The midfielder filmed the video in an airport and turned the camera to an Asian man and then to a bottle of hand sanitiser, adding the caption: “The virus gunna have to be faster than that to catch me”.
“It wasn’t funny and I realised that immediately and took it down,” he said after the controversy. “I let myself down and the club.”
Alli could still be punished by the FA but Mourinho, who praised the England international for the “remarkable humility” he showed in apologising, believes a suspension would be excessive as he has learned his lesson.
“I feel that [a ban] would be unnecessary, but in relation to these decisions, I am nobody,” Mourinho said at a press conference.
“It is unnecessary because the player understands the naivety of the situation, the player is a good guy, the player even in the dressing room has a big Asian friend that he loves.
“He learned the lesson immediately with the embarrassment. I don’t feel we need more than that.”
Source: News update