The midfielder said in an apologetic manner he has allowed himself and his team down after seeming to poke fun in the virus that has killed more than 800 people worldwide.

The 23-year-old was within an airport during the Premier League’s winter break and was wearing a facemask.

The camera was pointed at an Asian guy at the departure lounge and then moved into a bottle of hand sanitiser with the caption: “The virus gonna have to be faster than that to grab me”.

Alli deleted the movie soon after it looked and then took to Chinese social networking site Weibo to apologise for the insensitive video.

“I’d like to apologise to the movie I posted on Snapchat yesterday,” the former MK Dons guy said.

“It wasn’t funny. I realised that instantly and took it down. I let myself down and the club.

“I don’t need you guys to have this impression of me, it wasn’t funny and I understood that straight away and took it down.

“It is not something that needs to be joked about. Sending all my love and thoughts and prayers for everyone in China.”

Though it began in China it has now spread to 28 countries globally, and it’s affected the world of football also.

New Manchester United ahead Odion Ighalo combined the Red Devils from Chinese ensemble Shanghai Shenhua in January but has been not able to travel with his new club for a training camp at the winter over fears of exposure to the disease.

Travel restrictions imposed by the united kingdom government on those who have spent some time in China lately signify that the club are uncertain whether Ighalo “will be allowed back in the nation when he leaves again”, according to director Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Alli has enjoyed a fantastic start to life under fresh Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho, having scored five times and assisted twice in the Premier League since the Portuguese took over in November after a tricky start to the year under Mauricio Pochettino.