Konami just announced Griezmann as an ambassador of Yu-Gi-Oh, one of the most popular trading card games in the world, which made this move even bolder.
In the short video, filmed during the team’s tour in Japan a couple of years ago, we can only actually hear Dembelé refer to the technicians as “ugly faces”. Although Griezmann does not appear to say anything he seems to be laughing and nodding along.
Empezaron a circular un par de videos de Antoine Griezmann y Ousmane Dembélé de 2019 donde hacen comentarios racistas sobre unos asiáticos que instalan un equipo. Parece que la rodilla en el pasto no incluye a los orientales.pic.twitter.com/Kz8hkRJCpx— Alejo Schapire (@aschapire) July 5, 2021
Now FC Barcelona has been put in a tough spot as Konami, which is also responsible for the PES franchise, has asked their Spanish partners through a statement to further explain the details of the case and future actions regarding their players.
Both players have issued apologies but back up the saying that the remarks never intended a racist connotation. Griezmann even reminded that he “has always been committed against any form of discrimination” through a tweet.
We will see how this story unfolds as the backlash has reached other Barcelona partners like Rakuten, which also demanded explanations to the club who will have their hands full in the upcoming days.
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