Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann has been strongly criticised for a blackface costume he posted on Twitter today.
Griezmann, who played yesterday during his side's 1-0 win against Alavés, has been widely condemned for the costume which depicts an unnamed all-star.
Antoine Griezmann WTF was you thinking? Absolute plonker. #AntoineGriezmannIsOverParty
— Klopplife (@Welshboy64) December 17, 2017
Has Griezmann really done that?! High profile figure doing that?? Wow. Actually speechless.
— Adam (@7AJR7) December 17, 2017
Crazy how much money UEFA has spent on their NO TO RACISM campaign only for Griezmann to set them back 30 years with 1 tweet
— Para (@Paracelsus) December 17, 2017
What is Antoine Griezmann thinking?
And is there nobody around him to tell him that is a very bad idea?
— John Bennett (@JohnBennettBBC) December 17, 2017
You know what the worst thing about that bloody calamity by Griezmann is? Him blackfacing adds nothing to the costume. He's not dressed as a specific person.
— bri 🇫🇷🇩🇲 (@Xhakaed) December 17, 2017
It is the second such incident in the sports world today, with Star Sports Bookmakers apologising for posting a photo from yesterday's darts of a fan in blackface and dressed as UK Labour MP Diane Abbott. Griezmann has intially addressed the controversy on Twitter, commenting back to the onslaught of criticism.
Calm down guys, I'm a fan of the Harlem globetrotters and the good times... it's a tribute ✌
He later deleted the post, before publishing the following message.
Je reconnais que c’est maladroit de ma part. Si j’ai blessé certaines personnes je m’en excuse.
— Antoine Griezmann (@AntoGriezmann) December 17, 2017
"I agree that it's awkward for me. If I hurt some people excuse me."