Barcelona striker Ousmane Dembele has apologized after a video emerged on social media which showed him appearing to make fun of Asian hotel technicians.
It is believed that the technicians were trying to solve a problem in a hotel room.
, on Barca's pre-season tour in July 2019, talking to team-mate
who is waiting for local technicians to hook up a game console to a television in their hotel room.
In the video, the France international made fun of their looks, language, and the country's technological advance, but now Barcelona striker has issued an apology.
He wrote in a statement:
'Recently, a private video from 2019 has been circulating on social networks.
'The scene happens to be in Japan. It could have taken place anywhere on the planet, I would have used the same expressions.
'So I wasn't targeting any community. I sometimes use these kinds of expressions in private, with friends, regardless of their origin.'
'This video is now public. I can therefore imagine that it could have offended the people present in these images. Therefore, I offer them my most sincere apologies.'
It is thought to be Dembele, who can be heard in the video telling Griezmann:
'All these ugly faces, just so you can play PES [Pro Evolution Soccer], aren't you ashamed?'
Then Dembele adds
: 'What kind of backward language is that?' and 'Are you technologically advanced in your country or not?'
also offered an apology on hisTwitter account
: 'I have always been committed against any form of discrimination. 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 [offended] my Japanese friends.'