For the early Off at the EM the France stars around Antoine Griezmann (30) received a lot of criticism. Now, together with teammate Ousmane Dembélé (24), he is also getting into trouble from the club.
What happened? A video has been circulating on the Internet for days that shows the two FC Barcelona players. The two French filmed themselves in 2019 mocking Asian hotel workers.
Dembélé insults the employees, says: “All those ugly faces just so you can play Pro Evolution Soccer.” And: “What kind of backward language is that? Are you technologically advanced in your country or not? ”. Griezmann laughs about it.
Barça, however, don’t think it’s funny. On Wednesday the club published a notice in Japanese to apologize for the incident. It says: “The club’s management will do everything possible to guarantee that such situations will not repeat themselves in the future.” To this end, the club will “take the necessary internal measures.” It is currently unclear what these are and how they will turn out.
However: The Japanese online retailer Rakuten has been a shirt sponsor of Barcelona since 2017. The company asked for an explanation on Tuesday. The club emphasized that such “disrespectful” behavior had nothing in common with the values of the club. “There is no place for racism at FC Barcelona.”
Wednesday’s announcement also states that both players have already spoken and apologized for the actions and words.
Griezmann wrote on Twitter: “I have always stood up against all forms of discrimination. In the past few days, some people have wanted to portray me as a man I am not. I firmly reject the allegations made against me and I am sorry if I have insulted my Japanese friends. “
The Japanese company Konami already terminated the contract with Griezmann, just a few weeks after his signing. The company said, “Konami Digital Entertainment believes, as befits the philosophy of sport, that discrimination of any kind is unacceptable. We previously announced Antoine Griezmann as our Yu-Gi-Oh! Content ambassador, but in light of recent events, we decided to terminate the contract. “
Dembélé also apologized to Instagram: “The video was recorded in Japan, but it could have been recorded anywhere else in the world, I would have chosen the same language regardless of the location. It was not aimed at any particular population group. I tend to use this language in private and with my friends, no matter where they come from. “