Antoine Griezmann accused of racism after posting blackface picture

18 December, 2017, 03:53 | Author: Cary Erickson
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Soccer star Antoine Griezmann has apologized for any offence caused after posting an image of himself on social media in blackface as part of an National Basketball Association party costume on Sunday.

In what he described as a "tribute" to the Harlem Globetrotters, the forward for Atletico Madrid and the France's national team wore a basketball uniform - while in full-body blackface with an Afro wig.

Atletico Madrid put Alaves to the sword by a goal to nil last night, with Griezmann using his night off tonight as a chance to blow off some steam at an 80's-themed party.

After apologising, Griezmann deleted the original image from his verified Twitter and Instagram accounts.

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Many on Twitter spoke out against 26-year-old, who has been linked to a $150 million move to Barcelona and has also been linked with Manchester United.

'I'm fan of the Harlem globetrotters and the good times, ' he explained.

"I recognize that's it's insensitive on my part. If I hurt some people excuse me".

After posting his creation to social media, the France worldwide was immediately and understandably hit with a backlash.



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