Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Dele Alli has been charged by the Football Association over a post on social media about coronavirus.
Alli, 23, put a video on Snapchat in which he joked about the outbreak and appeared to mock an Asian man.
He later deleted the post and released a new video on Chinese social media platform Weibo to apologise, saying: “I let myself down and the club.”
He has been charged with misconduct for an aggravated breach of FA Rule E3.
In a statement English football’s governing body said: “It is alleged that his 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.
The coronavirus has dented the sporting calendar, with Serie A the worst-hit.
Upcoming matches this weekend will be played behind closed doors to combat the spread of the disease.
As of 27 Feb, Italy has the most confirmed cases in Europe with 374 infections and 12 deaths.