Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli posted something about coronavirus outbreak via his social media account this week which certainly did not go well with man fans, critics and the FA alike, and unfortunate it might be, the England international now probably going to be banned for a few games by the FA.
When a Tottenham fan blog relayed this information to the Spurs fans, Many fans immediately reacted to it by saying the punishment was fully deserved. The fans argued that not only Alli made what was considered to be an insensitive joke about the deadly virus, but his post also made assumptions about an Asian man based on his race.
Here are a few reactions.
Very stupid of him to do, especially at a time of heightened racism in football, deserves a ban imo FA need to be tougher on stuff like this
— Emre (@Dxnnyrose) February 10, 2020
Deserved, he should grow up
— Settings and Privacy (@________78____) February 10, 2020
I expected this, personally I thought it was funny, but he was stupid for putting that out… live by the sword die by the sword I guess 🤷♂️
— Chase (@chasethfc) February 11, 2020
— Lee Timmins (@LeeTimmins2) February 10, 2020
He should b dscked,if u work 4 living in office,factory.plane,train etcetc, u would b given ur P45,so why not spoiled rich footballers
— hesham (@mrhtoyou) February 11, 2020
— Sam (@DareToDier15) February 10, 2020
I really love him, and we need him. But he deserves to be punished. He is no longer a young player. He should be held responsible for his misbehavior.
— clairdelune (@nUFuy4SBPVBg0f4) February 10, 2020
As a role model to kids he’s got a responsibility to act in a certain way, should have known better than to make jokes about Coronavirus.
On & Off pitch he is looked upto by kids deserves his punishment whatever it may be.
— 🧑🏿🦼Ash Patel🧑🏿🦼 (@Ashishpatel1972) February 10, 2020
It is highly likely that Alli, who is valued at £81 million (Transfermarkt), did not have ant malicious intents while posting and was probably just having some “dark” fun, it was a silly mistake nonetheless. What has been done can’t be undone now.
Dele Alli will have to understand that he is a public figure now and hopefully, he will be more careful while posting content to social media in the future.