According to information from the Iberian media, Antoine Griezmann went to explain himself with the CEO of Rakuten.
Accused of anti-Asian racism after a video dating from 2019 leaked on networks, showing the Frenchman showing shameful behavior in the company of Ousmane Dembélé, Antoine Griezmann apologized to the CEO of Rakuten, group Japanese.
This is reported by Catalan radio Rac1, which specifies that the leader of Barça’s main sponsor had publicly expressed his dissatisfaction.
The Japanese e-commerce giant had publicly called for an “explanation” and Griezmann personally apologized to Hiroshi Mikitani.
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Ousmane Dembélé would also be strongly urged to imitate his compatriot and to get in touch with the boss of Rakuten, in order to apologize to him.
The two men had already publicly apologized for this incident, which is far from highlighting them.
Through separate publications, they said on Monday that they had no intention of hurting anyone and said they were “against all forms of discrimination”.
But, while making amends, the two players put themselves in the shoes of the victims of the system and the perverse effects of social networks.
In the offending video, we see the two French players in their hotel room in Japan (during a preseason tour of Barça) and making fun of local technicians who came to repair their console. Offensive words are used by both. Dembélé notably lets go “all these dirty faces”, while his friend has fun with the Japanese language, before asking: “Are you ahead or you are not ahead, in your country? “