England footballer Dele Alli has apologised after he posted a video on Snapchat in which he joked about the coronavirus outbreak and appeared to mock an Asian man.
The midfielder swiftly deleted the video from his social media on Saturday after several complaints and posted an apology the following day.
Alli, who is on holiday over the Premier League winter break, said that he let himself down, as well as his team Tottenham Hotspurs.
In the video the 23-year-old films himself wearing a facemask before flipping the camera to an Asian man sat across from him - the caption reads: "Corona whatttttttttt"
In his apology Alli said: “Hi guys, it's Dele; I just wanted to apologise on my behalf for the video I posted on Snapchat yesterday.
“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.”
Coronavirus is a fast-moving respiratory infection that causes pneumonia-like symptoms – it was first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan at the start of the year.
It has since claimed more than 900 lives in China, with the number of confirmed cases in the country’s mainland surpassing 40,000.
The World Health Organisation has declared a global emergency and Health Secretary Matt Hancock today said that the transmission of the virus “constitutes a serious and imminent threat to public health”
Eight people have tested positive for coronavirus in the UK and five other British nationals are being treated for the illness in France.
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