Tottenham star Dele Alli has been charged with misconduct after he appeared to mock an Asian man in relation to the coronavirus outbreak, the Football Association has announced.
The England midfielder posted a video on Snapchat poking fun at the deadly virus while also singling out a man of Asian appearance in an airport.
He hastily deleted the video and posted an apology on the Chinese platform Weibo.
The FA has alleged the clip was either insulting, improper or brought the game into disrepute.
The governing body has further claimed Alli's video constituted a further breach because it included a reference to "race and/or colour and/or ethnic origin and/or nationality".
Alli, 23, could face a hefty fine and a suspension if he is found guilty.
The footballer is wearing a mask in the video while a group of people who are believed to have Chinese accents can be heard in the background.
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Alli then turns the camera towards an unsuspecting man of Asian appearance.
The video then pans to a bottle of antiseptic hand wash, which was captioned: "This virus gunna (sic) have to be quicker than that to catch me."
The FA said in statement: "Dele Alli has been charged with misconduct for a breach of FA Rule E3 in relation to a social media post.
"It is alleged that the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder's post breaches FA Rule E3(1) as it was insulting and/or improper and/or brought the game into disrepute.
"It is further alleged that the post constitutes an "aggravated breach", which is defined in FA Rule E3(2), as it included a reference, whether express or implied, to race and/or colour and/or ethnic origin and/or nationality.
"He has until Thursday 5 March 2020 to provide a response."
Any ruling would be subject to an appeal which means the situation could continue into the middle of March.
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