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Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann apologises for painting himself black in ‘tribute’ to Harlem Globetrotters basketballer

Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann apologises for painting himself black in ‘tribute’ to Harlem Globetrotters basketballer

Antoine Griezmann has landed himself in hot water over his 80’s fancy dress

Monday, December 18, 2017

Antoine Griezmann has apologised after sparking a Twitter backlash by posting a picture of himself on social media in fancy dress as a black basketball player.

The Atletico Madrid and France forward posted a photo on social media on Sunday showing him in an NBA All Stars basketball kit with heavily darkened skin and an afro-style wig.

After a string of angry responses, Griezmann returned to Twitter to post: “Calm down friends, I’m fan of the Harlem Globetrotters and the good times… it’s a tribute.”

But after facing more criticism, he was forced to backtrack and more than 20 minutes after that post, he added: “I recognise it is clumsy on my part. If I have hurt anyone, I apologise.”

After apologising, Griezmann deleted the original image from his verified Twitter and Instagram accounts.

The 26-year-old was linked with a move to Manchester United during the summer and has reportedly been attracting recent interest from Barcelona.

However, he faced a string of angry responses to his choice of costume, with many social media users accusing him of racism and suggesting he delete the initial tweet before he eventually did so.

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