Barcelona respond to Griezmann video and leave door open to ‘internal measures’ after clip of ace ‘taunting’ Asian staff

BARCELONA have apologised to fans after a video emerged of Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele appearing to 'taunt' Asian staff.

A clip of the Barca and France team-mates appearing to poke fun of staff in a Japanese hotel in 2019 circulated over the weekend.

Dembele and Griezmann both issued public apologies on Instagram with the latter even sacked as Konami's Yu-Gi-Oh! ambassador.

And now a statement from Barcelona has been released that revealed the club are studying taking internal measures against the players.

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It read: "Barcelona deeply regret the displeasure amongst Japanese and Asian fans and partners of our club caused by a video in which two players displayed a lack of respect in their attitude towards several employees in the hotel in which they were staying.

"This attitude in no way coincides with the values that Barcelona represents and defends.

"The club is committed to improving its education on questions of race, discrimination and diversity. At Barcelona, there is no place for racism or discrimination.

"Barcelona would like to apologise publicly to all the club's fans and partners who feel unhappy about this event from the summer of 2019, a time when the club's responsibilities fell to a board of directors and executive team previous to the current.

"The players have already shown their regret and have apologised to Japanese fans and partners, something that the club values.

"Nevertheless, Barcelona reserve the right to take the internal measures that it considers appropriate."

Over the weekend, both Dembele and Griezmann defended themselves by insisting their behaviour was not racially motivated.

Dembele said: "It all took place in Japan, but it could have taken place anywhere on the planet and I would have used the same expression.

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

"I appreciate that it could have hurt the people present in these images. Because of this, I would like to sincerely apologise to them."

Griezmann added: "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.

"I'm sorry if I have offended any of my Japanese friends."

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