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People Are Pissed With This Footballer Who Wore Blackface For A Party

"It's a tribute," he later said.

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Atlético Madrid forward and French international Antoine Griezmann has sparked backlash after tweeting a photo of himself in blackface dressed as an NBA All-Star.

Almost immediately after the tweet went live, Griezmann was flooded with angry messages from fans telling him to delete the tweet and calling him "racist."

@spiderwaIker @Romanitou @AntoGriezmann this is wonderful, I happen to prefer the Joanne the Scammer version.

@jobb3000 @skenguin @Klydevil @No_Jokes_Aside_ @AlphaMbappe @Romanitou @spiderwaIker @AntoGriezmann

@spiderwaIker @Romanitou @AntoGriezmann Racist

Griezmann partying his ass off wondering why his lawyer and PR team director keep calling him at this time of night…

If you're asking how is that racist re: Antoine Griezmann then you're part of the problem. Casual racism is still p…

Griezmann, who looks set to join superstar-filled Barcelona next year, replied to the outcry an hour later, telling his followers to "calm down."

"I am a fan of the Harlem Globetrotters and of that beautiful era, it is a tribute," he said.

Griezmann has since deleted both tweets and apologised for his "clumsy" actions.

"I recognise it is clumsy on my part. If I have hurt anyone, I apologise."

Je reconnais que c’est maladroit de ma part. Si j’ai blessé certaines personnes je m’en excuse.

Brad Esposito is a news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney, Australia.

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