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Jose praises Alli for apology


Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur. Pic: Getty Images

Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur. Pic: Getty Images

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Dele Alli of Tottenham Hotspur. Pic: Getty Images

Jose Mourinho insists Dele Alli knows he was in the wrong over his Snapchat post making fun of the coronavirus and praised the Tottenham midfielder's swift apology.

Alli joked about the virus outbreak and appeared to mock an Asian man in an airport, but swiftly deleted the post and then made a public apology.

He was contacted by the Football Association, who has asked him for his observations and could yet hand him a fine and ban.

Mourinho has spoken to the 23-year-old and he is content that the matter is resolved.

"Of course I spoke with him about that. But for me it was quite an easy conversation because he was sorry about, let's say, the mistake but it was never his intention to hurt, offend," the Portuguese said.

"Dele is a great guy, the last thing he is is anything connected with racism or disrespect. The best thing for me is regret, and apologise. For me, end of story. I have to act as an educator and the best way to do it is immediately his reaction."

Spurs' injury problems are clearing up ahead of Sunday's visit to Aston Villa, with Giovani Lo Celso and Davies returning to the fold.

Juan Foyth, Harry Kane and Moussa Sissoko are the only absentees, with Toby Alderweireld available after his wife gave birth on Thursday night.