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Barcelona apologise for video of Ousmane Dembele and Antoine Griezmann

Ross Jackson
A video of Ousmane Dembele and Antoine Griezmann has been leaked
A video of Ousmane Dembele and Antoine Griezmann has been leaked / Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images
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Barcelona have apologised for the recent video of Ousmane Dembele and Antoine Griezmann which appeared to show the pair mocking Asian hotel staff.

The clip was recorded back in 2019 prior to the club's pre-season tour of Japan, though only recently surfaced on the club's YouTube channel and then social media.

Antoine Griezmann has apologised for his part in the video
Antoine Griezmann has apologised for his part in the video / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

The pair could be seen laughing at a group of Asian hotel staff who were appearing to try to fix a television, but both players have since apologised and claimed there were no racial connotations behind their jokes.

Barcelona have now had their say on the incident, taking to their official website to release a statement apologising to anyone who may have been offended by the video, adding that they reserve the right to take internal action against Dembele and Griezmann.

"FC Barcelona deeply regret the displeasure amongst Japanese and Asian fans and partners of our club caused by a video that appeared a few days ago on social media in which two first team players (Ousmane Dembele and Antoine Griezmann) displayed a lack of respect in their attitude towards several employees in the hotel in which they were staying," the statement read.

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

"The values of the club and its sponsors should be something that FC Barcelona protects, and this belief is present at all levels of the organisation, from the board of directors and executives to the players in the club’s various sporting teams.

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

Ousmane Dembele can be seen laughing in the video
Ousmane Dembele can be seen laughing in the video / Quality Sport Images/Getty Images

"FC 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 directors and executive team previous to the current.

"The board of directors that today manage the club are committed to making sure episodes of this nature do not repeat themselves.

"The players have already shown their regret and have apologised to Japanese fans and partners, something that the club values. Nevertheless, FC Barcelona reserve the right to take the internal measures that it considers appropriate."

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