The Scottish Mail on Sunday

England star Dele Alli in video race row

- By Max Aitchison

ENGLAND footballer Dele Alli has apologised after making a video in which he appears to mock an Asian man and joke about the coronaviru­s outbreak.

The £100,000-a-week star is understood to have shot the selfie video at Heathrow Airport on Thursday as he waited for a flight to Dubai with his Tottenham Hotspur teammates before sharing it with friends on Snapchat.

The clip, called ‘Corona whatttttt, please listen with volume’, first shows an Asian man – apparently filmed without his knowledge – before panning to a bottle of antiseptic on the table in front of him.

A caption then reads ‘This virus gunna have to be quicker than that to catch me’, as Alli is shown wearing a face mask.

Responding to criticism, the 23-year-old said last night: ‘I regret posting the video on my Snapchat and I immediatel­y removed it when I realised that it may cause offence. This was never my intention at all. For anyone who was offended, I’d like to offer my sincerest apologies.’

The spread of coronaviru­s, which has been traced to the Chinese city of Wuhan, has raised concerns about racism against Asians. Last week, China’s ambassador to the UK, Liu Xiaoming, urged police and the Government to act over reports of hate incidents against tourists, overseas students and primary school children of Chinese descent.

Alli has a Nigerian father and English mother, but at the age of 13 moved into the home of Alan and Sally Hickford, the parents of another young footballer. He refers to them as his ‘adoptive parents’.

Ironically, earlier this month he accused the Kick It Out campaign of not doing enough to tackle racism in football.

‘With the whole racism issue in football, it definitely goes through ups and downs, but it’s always there and I feel like every time it gets brought to light, it escalates again,’ he told a YouTube channel.

The footballer said he saw antiracism banners at Premier League matches, but added: ‘I feel like more action needs to happen to actually kick it out.’

 ??  ?? OFFENCE: Alli in the Snapchat video
OFFENCE: Alli in the Snapchat video

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