The French forwards from France expressed themselves on social media following the footage which apparently shows how they mock Asian accents
Antoine Griezmann says he has ‘always committed against any form of discrimination’ after the release of videos that seem to mock Barcelona forward and Ousmane Dembele, the Asian people.
It is said that the clips that appeared on social media were shot during the Blaugrana pre-season in 2019.
Dembele also appears in the videos, with both men now addressing the.
What is said in the videos?
The first of two videos released in recent days shows French colleagues Griezmann and Dembele in a hotel room.
They seem to need the help of hotel staff with a television, while the couple is apparently struggling to find a game console to play Pro Evolution Soccer with.
Dembele allegedly says about the three men who provided technical support: “All these ugly faces, just so you can play PES, are you not ashamed?” Then he says, “What kind of backward language is that?” and “Are you technologically advanced in your country or not?”
Griezmann relaxes in a pool with still other compatriots Dembele and Samuel Umtiti. The 30-year-old was allegedly caught and said, “Ching chong.”
How did Griezmann react?
The World Cup winner responded to the accusations of racism by posting on Twitter: ‘I have always been committed to any form of discrimination.
“Over the last few days, some people have wanted to dismiss me as the man. I refute the accusations against me and I’m sorry if I offend my Japanese friends.”
What did Dembele have to say?
The 24-year-old winger also refuted any suggestion that his actions could be considered discriminatory.
He posted on Instagram: “The scene happened to be in Japan. It could have happened anywhere on the planet, I would have used the same expressions.
“I sometimes use such expressions privately, with friends, regardless of their origin, but I can imagine that the video could offend the people in these images. That’s why I offer them my sincere apologies.”