Tottenham and England midfielder Dele Alli has issued a public apology after releasing a video on social media that appeared to mock an Asian man and make jokes relating to the Coronavirus outbreak.
The 23-year-old, currently enjoying the Premier League's first ever designated winter break, released a short video of himself wearing a face mask in an airport departure lounge, in which he said:
"It wasn't funny. I realised that immediately and took it down. I let myself down and the club. I don't want you guys to have that impression of me.
Precautionary measures, such as quarantining of those who have been in affected areas and banning flights to and from China, have been implemented for well over a week, but so far there appears to be no control over minimising the spread of infection.
The beginning of the Chinese Super League season has already been postponed, while new Manchester United loan signing Odion Ighalo - who has been playing for Shanghai Shenhua - has only just arrived in the country after initially being refused entry back into the UK.