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Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele has issued a grovelling apology after a leaked social media video appeared to show him mocking Asian technicians’ background and appearance.

It is believed that the technicians were trying to solve a problem in a hotel room, with three men in conversation gathered around an illuminated television screen and one wearing a t-shirt with ‘The Staff’ on the back.

In the video, Dembele mocked their looks, language and the country’s supposed ‘technological advance’, but now the France international has offered his ‘sincere apologies’ for the 2019 clip. 

A leaked video online appears to show Ousmane Dembele mocking Asian technicians

Griezmann appears in the leaked clip grinning

Three men are seen chatting around an illuminated television screen in a hotel room

His France and Barcelona team-mate Antoine Griezmann (L) also appears in the leaked clip

Dembele took to Instagram to post his apology in both French and English on Monday

Dembele took to Instagram to post his apology in both French and English on Monday

He wrote in a statement: ‘Recently, a private video from 2019 has been circulating on social networks.

‘The scene happens to be in Japan. It could have taken place anywhere on the planet, I would have used the same expressions.

‘So I wasn’t targeting any community. I sometimes use these kinds of expressions in private, with friends, regardless of their origin.’

Dembele added: ‘This video is now public. I can therefore imagine that it could have offended the people present in these images. Therefore, I offer them my most sincere apologies.’

It is thought to be Dembele, who can be heard in the video telling Griezmann: ‘All these ugly faces, just so you can play PES [Pro Evolution Soccer], aren’t you ashamed?’

Then Dembele adds: ‘What kind of backward language is that?’ and ‘Are you technologically advanced in your country or not?’

Griezmann says something at the start which is inaudible but is then seen just laughing

Griezmann says something at the start which is inaudible but is then seen just laughing

Dembele is heard saying 'All these ugly faces, just so you can play PES [Pro Evolution Soccer], aren't you ashamed?'

Then the 24-year-old adds, among other things, 'What kind of backward language is that?'

Dembele is heard saying ‘All these ugly faces, just so you can play PES [Pro Evolution Soccer], aren’t you ashamed? Before adding: ‘What kind of backward language is that?’

Griezmann, meanwhile, was also quick to issue an apology on Twitter, writing: ‘I have always been committed against any form of discrimination. For the past few days, some people have wanted to pass me off as the man I am not. 

‘I firmly refute the accusations made against me and I am sorry if I [offended] my Japanese friends.’

Dembele is believed to have recorded the video and therefore only his legs can be seen, while Griezmann is recorded saying something inaudible at the start, but is then only seen laughing. 

Griezmann, 30, is known to be a huge fan of the Pro Evolution Soccer games, having posted a sensational team he had assembled online a couple of years ago.

This is not the first time Griezmann has been caught up in a racism storm, having caused outrage on social media in 2017 after posting a photograph of himself in blackface as part of a fancy dress costume.

Griezmann joined Barcelona in the summer of 2019 after leaving rivals Atletico Madrid

Griezmann joined Barcelona in the summer of 2019 after leaving rivals Atletico Madrid

Ousmane Dembele (right) and Antoine Griezmann are in hot water for the 2019 video

The video however is believed to be old and not from this summer, because Griezmann’s hair is different

Griezmann was caught up in a race storm after posing for a photo in blackface back in 2017

Griezmann was caught up in a race storm after posing for a photo in blackface back in 2017

The Barcelona and France pair are known to be good friends and are often seen joking around at training sessions for club and country.

The duo were involved for the world champions at the Euros, but Dembele’s tournament was cut short due to a knee injury suffered in the group stages against Hungary. 

Griezmann – who played 88 minutes of the penalty shootout defeat by Switzerland last week – sent Dembele a message of support on Twitter following his injury.

The former Atletico and Real Sociedad star wrote: ‘There are dribbles, hooks, goals, injuries… but above all there is the man!’

‘Another obstacle to overcome on your way but you will come back stronger! I’m sad to see you leave these Euros, but know that you’ll be on the pitch with us’

Reports in Spain suggest Dembele could be out for at least four months because he requires surgery on the knee issue he sustained last month. 

The duo are known to be good friends and are often seen joking around at training sessions

The duo are known to be good friends and are often seen joking around at training sessions

The Barcelona pair played for their country at the Euros this summer though Dembele's tournament ended early due to injury

The Barcelona pair played for their country at the Euros this summer though Dembele’s tournament ended early due to injury



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