José Mourinho says FA should not punish Dele Alli over coronavirus video

Tottenham manager says Alli made a ‘young guy mistake’
Mourinho says ‘it was never his intention to offend’

Dele Alli is not racist, says Mourinho after coronavirus controversy
José Mourinho says he has spoken to Dele Alli about the recent online controversy during which the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder became embroiled which it had been an “easy conversation”.

Alli is facing a possible Football Association charge over a video he filmed in an airport lounge during which he seemed to mock an unsuspecting Asian man and claimed the person could be infected with the coronavirus. The FA has written to Alli and asked for his observations.

“Of course I spoke with him that ,” Mourinho said, before Sunday’s game at Aston Villa. “But on behalf of me it had been a quite easy conversation, because he was very sorry that thing … a mistake. it had been never his intention to harm , it had been never his intention to offend. He immediately regretted and realised it had been a young guy mistake, a young generation mistake. it had been not a case of me being unhappy and him not understanding why i used to be unhappy. He regrets and that’s the simplest he can show. and that i think to apologise is remarkable.” agen maxbet

Shortly after uploading his video to Snapchat, Alli removed it and posted a video on the Chinese social media network Weibo during which he admitted his attempt at humour was misguided and expressed contrition. “It wasn’t funny and that i realised that immediately and took it down,” the 23-year-old said. “I let myself down and therefore the club.”

This season the Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva was handed a one-match ban, fined £50,000 and ordered to undertake an awareness course after a tweet sent to Benjamin Mendy was deemed to possess constituted an “aggravated breach” of the FA’s rules on social media behaviour because it seemed to reference the French left-back’s race. The Portuguese seemed to compare his teammate to the caricature of a black boy found on the packaging of a Spanish confectionary brand.

Mourinho, asked whether he was worried Alli might be banned , suggested whatever are going to be , will be. “I’m not the FA,” he said. “I’m his manager. His friend. I even have to act as a teacher and therefore the best thanks to roll in the hay is instantly his reaction. Regret and apologise. So, game over.”

With games coming thick and fast against Villa, RB Leipzig and Chelsea, Mourinho revealed that Giovani Lo Celso and Ben Davies were available after injuries which Érik Lamela would be assessed before Sunday’s match.