Griezmann deletes Twitter post after outrage over 'racist' fancy dress outfit

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Antoine Griezmann has found himself at the centre of a racism storm tonight after posting a picture of himself in a controversial fancy dress outfit.

In what he described as a "tribute" to the Harlem Globetrotters, the forward for Atletico Madrid and the France's national team wore a basketball uniform - while in full-body blackface with an Afro wig.

Bartomeu had a meal with the Frenchman's parents and sister who helps manage the forward
Bartomeu had a meal with the Frenchman's parents and sister who helps manage the forward

The tweet, which remains on Griezmann's Twitter feed at the time of writing, soon attracted plenty of tweets asking for it to be deleted.

Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Greizmann came under fire for a tweet he posted on Sunday night.

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Griezmann at first reacted to the criticism by tweeting: "Calm down friends, I'm a fan of the Harlem Globetrotters and of this great era".

"I recognize that was clumsy on my part", he said.

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26-year-old Frenchman Griezmann is widely regarded as one of the finest attacking talents in world football, with the likes of Manchester United and Barcelona both having been heavily linked with big-money moves for his signature during the summer. "If I did hurt anybody, then I apologize".

After posting his creation to social media, the France worldwide was immediately and understandably hit with a backlash.

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