Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele have apologized for a video released in 2019 where they appeared to mock the hotel staff in Japan. The video that was filmed by Dembele showed the duo laughing at hotel staff fixing a television. The video was leaked recently said to have been shot prior to the start of the 2019/20 season. Both Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele were featured at Euro 2020 where they were knocked out at the round of 16 stage by Switzerland on penalties.
“It all took place in Japan. It could’ve taken place anywhere on the planet and I would’ve used the same expression,” Dembele wrote on Instagram. “I was therefore not targeting any community. I just happened to use this type of expression with my friends regardless of their origins. This video has since been made public. I appreciate therefore that it could’ve hurt the people present in these images. Because of this, I would like to sincerely apologize to them.”
“For the past few days, certain people have wanted to paint me as someone that I am not,” Griezmann said on Twitter. “I firmly refute the accusations made against me and I’m sorry if I have offended any of my Japanese friends.”