Ousmane Dembele and Antoine Griezmann have been accused of making racist remarks towards Asian hotel workers after clips went viral on social media.
The France winger recorded a video for Snapchat while the aforementioned hotel workers were fixing his game console back in 2019 and this clip has now been released.
“All these ugly faces just so you can play PES, aren’t you ashamed?” Dembele allegedly said to Griezmann.
“What kind of language is that?”
Griezmann took to Twitter to deny accusations of racism and apologise in the event he offended the workers.
“I have always been committed against any form of discrimination,” wrote Griezmann.
“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 could offend my Japanese friends.”
Dembele also shared a statement on Instagram in his attempt to clarify his remarks and expressed his remorse towards the hotel staff.
“In recent days, a private video dating in 2019 has circulated on social networks,” wrote Dembele.
“The scene takes place in Japan, but it could have taken place anywhere on the planet and I would have used the same expressions.
“These expressions were not directed towards any particular community. Sometimes I use these types of expressions in private, with friends, regardless of their origin.
“Now this video has been released, and I understand that it may hurt the people present in the images. In fact, I offer my sincere apologies.”