Atletico Madrid attacker Antoine Griezmann has this evening issued an apology for a photo posted across his social media accounts, following claims that the costume he was donning in said photo was racist.
26-year-old Frenchman Griezmann is widely regarded as one of the finest attacking talents in world football, with the likes of Manchester United and Barcelona both having been heavily linked with big-money moves for his signature during the summer.
He endured a difficult start to the current campaign, but has seen his production pick up over recent weeks, with the former Real Sociedad man having racked up 7 goals and 5 assists between La Liga and the Champions League to this point.
Atletico Madrid put Alaves to the sword by a goal to nil last night, with Griezmann using his night off tonight as a chance to blow off some steam at an 80’s-themed party.
However, while the French international may have been hoping for a carefree evening to kick back and relax, what he ended up with could not have been much further from that.
This was due to the fact that Griezmann posted the following photo to his social media accounts, sparking backlash from droves of angered fans:
He attempted to mend the situation by asking people to ‘calm down’, explaining his choice of costume with the message:
‘I’m a fan of the Harlem globetrotters and the good times. It’s a tribute’,
However, in the end, the backlash proved too much, with Griezmann forced to delete the post across his social media platforms.
The Atletico Madrid star also issued the following apology:
This translates roughly as:
‘I admit it was clumsy on my part. If I hurt some people I apologize.’