Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has accepted Dele Alli’s apology after the midfielder appeared to joke about the coronavirus on social media.

lli posted a Snapchat video on Saturday in which he joked about the virus outbreak and appeared to mock an Asian man. The Football Association has written to Alli to seek his observations about the post, for which the 23-year-old has apologised.

Mourinho said: “I spoke with him about that but it was quite an easy conversation because he was very sorry about – let’s say, the mistake – but it was never his intention to hurt or offend.

“He immediately regretted and recognised it was a young generation mistake and he apologised. So my conversation was easy. What can I say, I can say he regrets and that is the best feeling he can show.

“I have a son at the same age as Dele and many of the players. I know social media is for his generation but when you are a public person like footballers are, they have to know and they have to be very, very careful.

“Dele is a great guy. The last thing he is is anything connected with racism.”

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