Soccer star criticised for posting blackface photo of himself
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Soccer star criticised for posting blackface photo of himself


French soccer star Antoine Griezmann has come under fire for his blackface costume.
French soccer star Antoine Griezmann has come under fire for his blackface costume.

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Another day, another case of blackface.

French soccer star Antoine Griezmann has been criticised for posting a photo of himself in full blackface online for an “’80s party” online on Sunday.

Dressed as what appears to be a Harlem Globetrotters basketball player, complete with an afro wig and darkened skin, 26-year-old Griezmann received a string of angry comments about the costume.

Griezmann reportedly responded to the photo by telling people to “calm down” and that it was “a tribute,” but the backlash continued, and the player eventually apologised and deleted the photo.

“I admit it’s awkward on my part. If I hurt some people I apologise,” he wrote in French.

Griezmann currently plays for Spanish La Liga team Atletico Madrid, and has been linked to rumours of big money transfers to either Barcelona or Chelsea.

For one of the sport’s most liked players, the donning of blackface was a pretty dumb move, to say the least.

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December 18, 2017
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