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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… https://t.co/G71iyVVdDp

If you're asking how is that racist re: Antoine Griezmann then you're part of the problem. Casual racism is still p… https://t.co/pK2sJDZgwO

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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