Ousmane Dembele, Antoine Griezmann apologise for mocking Asian resort workers

Ousmane Dembele, Antoine Griezmann apologise for mocking Asian resort workers

Ousmane Dembele and Antoine Griezmann performed for France throughout Euro 2020. Picture by Laszlo Balogh – Pool/Getty Pictures

Ousmane Dembele and Antoine Griezmann have both apologised for their actions after a video was leaked on social media which showed the pair appearing to mock Asian staff.

The video, which was recorded by Dembele, circulated online over the weekend and shows both players laughing at a group of technicians working to fix something in a hotel room.

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The footage has been criticised on social media and the France teammates both released statements on Monday to apologise for their behaviour.

“Hello all, during these last few days, a private video dating back to 2019 has been circulating on social media,” Dembele wrote on Instagram. “It all took place in Japan. It could’ve taken place anywhere on the planet and I would’ve used the same expression.

“I was therefore not targetting any community. I just happened to use this type of expression with my friends regardless of their origins.

“This video has since been made public. I appreciate therefore that it could’ve hurt the people present in these images. Because of this, I would like to sincerely apologise to them.”

Barcelona teammate Griezmann later responded to the video on Twitter and wrote: “I’ve all the time been fully towards all types of discrimination.

“For the previous few days, sure folks have wished to color me as somebody that I’m not. I firmly refute the accusations made towards me and I am sorry if I’ve offended any of my Japanese mates.”

There was no affirmation from Barca, the Spanish FA or the France Football Federation about potential punishment for the gamers.

Each featured for France throughout Euro 2020 however Dembele’s match was lower quick on account of harm, whereas Griezmann performed as Didier Deschamps’ facet have been knocked out on penalties by Switzerland within the spherical of 16.

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