By Coral Barry
Dele Alli has insisted he was tricked into contributing to a video that called for Massimo Cellino’s departure from Leeds, according to a report.
The Tottenham midfielder appeared alongside fellow teammate Harry Kane and Arsenal players Jack Wilshere and Mesut Ozil in @WhiteLeedsSite’s ten-second clip on Thursday night saying the words “time to go Massimo.”
The tagline has become the mantra for the ever growing anti-Cellino fan contingent and has been used consistently throughout the season in protests on social media and at Elland Road.
The video of the Premier League stars has gone viral and the Sun have reported that Alli’s camp are keen to play down the player’s role in the controversy.
According to the Sun, Alli’s representatives have said that the England international was duped into appearing and had no idea what the phrase meant or that it would be used to call for Cellino’s departure.
The Sun also claim that Alli’s camp goes on to suggest that the other stars in the clip could have been tricked into giving their backing to the campaign.
— WhiteLeeds (@WhiteLeedsSite) April 20, 2016
The tone of the video is indeed strange with Alli opting to give a quick thumbs-up after his contribution.
However, it seems unlikely that the three Englishmen in the video would not have known about the controversy of Leeds and the reputation of the high profile Cellino.