February 26, 2020 / 6:53 PM / a month ago

Tottenham's Alli charged over coronavirus prank

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - FA Cup Fourth Round Replay - Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton - Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, Britain - February 5, 2020 Tottenham Hotspur's Dele Alli applauds fans after the match REUTERS/David Klein/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) - Tottenham Hotspur and England midfielder Dele Alli has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association after mocking the coronavirus outbreak.

Alli posted a video on social media of himself at an airport wearing a mask and apparently mocking a man of Asian appearance.

He later apologised for the prank.

Alli, 23, has been charged with breaching FA Rule E3 (1) as the post was deemed ‘insulting and/or improper and/or brought the game into disrepute’.

He has until March 5 to submit his response.

Reporting by Martyn Herman; Editing by Toby Davis

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