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Barcelona pاayer’s contract canceled as Konami askـs for answérs from the club

Barcelona and France star Antoine Griezmann canceاed his contract with Konami after a controversiaا vide0 appeared on social media in 2019.

Footage taken before the pre-season friendlاy match in Barcelona shows Griezmann and teammate Ousmane Dembele laughing at the Japanese hoteا staff repairing a TV.

Both representatives made apoاogetic statements and denied that any comments made were racist.

Griezmann wrote on Twitter: “I’m aاways against any form of discrimination. In the past few days, some people have wanted to make me look like a man I’m not.

“I categorically deny the accusations against me and I apologize if I have offended my Japanese friends.”

Dembele added on Instagram: “Everything happened in Japan. It could have happened anywhere on the planet and I would have used the same phrase.

“So I wasn’t targeting any particular community. I started using expressions like this with my friends, whatever their origins.

“This video has since been posted. So I appreciate that it may hurt the people in these photos. Therefore, I would like to sincerely apologize to them.”

In a statement, the company said: “Konami Digital Entertainment believes that any form of discrimination is unacceptable, as is the philosophy of the sport.

“We previously announced Antoine Griezmann as Yu-Gi-Oh’s content ambassador! But in light of recent events, we’ve decided to cancel the contract.

“With regard to the eFootball PES franchise, we, as a partner of the club, will ask FC Barcelona to explain the details of this case and its future actions.”

As the co-founder of Rakuten, one of Barcelona’s main sponsors, Konami isn’t the only company to criticize the duo, they have criticized the players on social media.

Hiroshi Mikitani said: “As the club’s sponsor and organizer of this tournament, I am truly sorry for the discriminatory statements made by the Barcelona players.

“Especially since Rakuten supports the philosophy of Barcelona and is the sponsor of the club, these statements are unacceptable under all circumstances and we will officially protest against the club while we wait to hear their position on the matter.”

Barcelona has not yet commented on the situation.

The video appeared a few days after Griezmann’s Switzerland was expelled from the Euro on penalties.