Dele Alli will Miss Tottenham – Manchester United clash next week after the FA suspended him (Alli) for a social media post.
The 24-year-old midfielder has also been fined fifty thousand pounds and ordered to undertake a face-to-face education course following a breach of FA Rule E3.
His suspension relates to a video posted on his Snapchat account in February in which he appeared to mock an Asian man and joke about the coronavirus outbreak.
Alli quickly removed the video and issued an apology in February, saying the matter “isn’t something that should be joked about” and that he “let myself down and the club”.
In a video hearing held last Monday, the FA said Alli intentionally targeted a man because of his Asian look, consistent with a racial oversimplified of Asians being connected with the covid-19 outbreak, but Alli argued the joke was aimed at himself and the man’s ethnicity was irrelevant.
The FA’s guidelines ad rules around media comments and social media posts remind participants it will consider charges under Rule E3 if it is felt someone has acted in an improper manner or brings the game into disrepute.