Konami telah membatalkan kontraknya dengan Antoine Griezmann setelah sebuah video di mana bintang France dan Barcelona itu tampak mengejek staff hotel Asia muncul kembali minggu ini.

Video Snapchat, yang tampaknya menunjukkan Griezmann serta rekan setimnya Ousmane Dembele mengejek teknisi Asia selama tur Barcelona di Jepang pada 2019, telah memicu reaksi keras di tengah tuduhan rasisme.

Menurut ESPN, dalam video tersebut Dembele berkata kepada Griezmann: “All these ugly faces, just so you can play PES, aren’t you ashamed?”

Dembele kemudian muncul untuk mengejek bahasa Jepang sebelum bertanya: “are you advanced in your country or not?”

Suara Griezmann sulit untuk didengar, tetapi dia terlihat tertawa ketika staff hotel mencoba memperbaiki televisi agar dia bisa memainkan PES.

Sebagai tanggapan, Konami telah membuang Griezmann sebagai Yu-Gi-Oh! contents ambassador, dan bertanya kepada Barcelona, ​​yang merupakan klub mitra PES, bagaimana menangani situasi tersebut.

“Konami Digital Entertainment believes, as is the philosophy of sports, that discrimination of any kind is unacceptable,” kata Konami dalam sebuah pernyataan.

“Previously we had announced Antoine Griezmann as our Yu-Gi-Oh! contents ambassador, however in light of recent events we have decided to cancel the contract.”

“With regard to our eFootball PES franchise, we will be requesting FC Barcelona as a club partner to explain the details of this case and its future actions.”

Sponsor utama Barcelona, ​​Japanese e-commerce company Rakuten, sudah meminta penjelasan dari Catalan club terkait video tersebut.

Griezmann telah memposting permintaan maaf di Twitter, mengatakan dia “always been committed against any form of discrimination”. “I firmly refute the accusations made against me and I am sorry if I have offended my Japanese friends,” lanjutnya.

Dembele juga telah meminta maaf di media sosial, bersikeras tidak ada niat rasis.

Barcelona mengeluarkan pernyataan hari ini, mengatakan Griezmann dan Dembele “displayed a lack of respect in their attitude towards several employees in the hotel in which they were staying”.

“This attitude in no way coincides with the values that FC Barcelona represents and defends.”

Barcelona kemudian meminta maaf, bersikeras “committed to making sure episodes of this nature do not repeat themselves”.

“The players have already shown their regret and have apologised to Japanese fans and partners, something that the club values. Nevertheless, FC Barcelona reserve the right to take the internal measures that it considers appropriate.”

Konami memiliki hubungan dekat dengan Barcelona, ​​​​dan telah mengeluarkan special club editions of PES yang melibatkan pekerjaan promosi dari para pemainnya, termasuk Griezmann.

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