Video: ''I let myself down and the club'' – Dele Alli
The Football Association has written to Dele Alli to 'seek his observations' about a social media post in which he appeared to joke about the coronavirus.
Alli, 23, has been contacted concerning a Snapchat video he posted on Saturday.
The England international posted a video on Snapchat appearing to mock the outbreak of the virus, the clip showing Alli wearing a mask before turning to a man of Asian appearance and a bottle of antiseptic handwash.
The coronavirus has so far claimed the lives of over 900 people in mainland China, according to official figures.
Alli admits that the clip ‘wasn’t funny’ and add that the topic is not ''something that should be joked about''.
"Hi guys, it's Dele; I just wanted to apologise on my behalf for the video I posted on Snapchat yesterday," he said.
"It wasn't funny and I realised that immediately and took it down. I let myself down and the club.
"I don't want you to have that impression of me because it wasn't funny and I realised that straight away and took it down.
"It isn't something that should be joked about. I'm sending all my love and all my thoughts and prayers to everyone in China."
The FA's guidelines around media comments and social media posts remind participants that it will consider charges under Rule E3 if it is felt that someone has acted in an improper manner or brings the game into disrepute.