Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele have responded to accusations of racism after a video of the pair emerged on social media and sparked widespread criticism of the two France internationals.
The two Barcelona stars appear in the video, which was filmed back in 2019, and appear to be mocking Asian staff.
Both Griezmann and Dembele also appear to be laughing as hotel staff try to resolve an issue in a hotel room.
Griezmann has responded on Twitter with a post where he refutes the accusations of racism but does offer a bit of an apology.
“I have always been completely against all forms of discrimination. For the past few days, certain people have wanted to paint me as someone that I am not. I firmly refute the accusations made against me and I’m sorry if I have offended any of my Japanese friends.”
Dembele has also offered up his side of the story with a post on Instagram.
“Hello all, during these last few days, a private video dating back to 2019 has been circulating on social media. 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.”
There’s been no comment at all from Barcelona on the actions of the two players.