Antoine Griezmann & Ousmane Dembele respond after their video got leaked in social media on Monday which includes racial comments from the Frenchman. The pair appeared to be in a hotel room. They required the assistance of hotel staff with a television, with the pair seemingly struggling to get a games console to work that would allow them to play Pro Evolution Soccer. Dembele is seen recording the men at work in a social media app ‘Snapchat’ with Griezmann alongside him.
#StopAsianHate is trending on social media since the Barcelona duo appeared to mock Asian workers in a video that has leaked online. There have been calls for the French Football Federation to release a statement and take immediate action.
What did Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele do?
Dembele captured the video saying: “All these ugly faces, just so you can play PES, aren’t you ashamed?” He then goes on to say: “What kind of backward language is that?” and “Are you technologically advanced in your country or not?”
Another video from the same tour sees Griezmann relaxing in a pool, with fellow teammates Dembele and Samuel Umtiti in attendance. The 30-year-old is allegedly captured saying: “Ching Chong.”
But the video is not a recent one. By judging Griezmann’s hair cut it is believed to be shot a couple of years ago. Particularly Griezmann’s haircut suggests that the video isn’t from the Euros and reports have claimed it’s actually from Barcelona’s pre-season tour to Asia in 2019. Barcelona have been sponsored by Japanese retail giant Rakuten since 2016. In 2019 when Barcelona spent some of their pre-season in Japan just weeks after Griezmann had signed for the club from Atletico Madrid.
Griezmann took it to social media and said: “I have always been committed against any form of discrimination.”
“For the past few days, some people have wanted to pass me off as the man I am not. I firmly refute the accusations made against me and I am sorry if I offended my Japanese friends.”
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Dembele confirmed in social media that the video was shot in Japan and it is from the EUROs tour:”The scene happens to be in Japan. It could have taken place anywhere on the planet, I would have used the same expressions.
“I sometimes use these kinds of expressions in private, with friends, regardless of their origin, but I can imagine that the video could have offended the people present in these images. Therefore, I offer them my most sincere apologies.”
Well, this is not the first time Griezmann has been involved in a controversy surrounding racism. In 2017 the 30-year-old shocked people when he dressed in blackface for a fancy dress party.
The news came after France shocking exit in the Round of 16 penalty shootout against Switzerland and follows reports of major internal discord within Didier Deschamps’ squad involving Kylian Mbappe, Adrien Rabiot, Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann.